Soothing Moment The ten-year-old boy meets the bone marrow donor who helped save his life – and describes him as a "superman"
- Rupert Cross spent 80 days in a unit specializing in Great Ormond Street Hospital
- He was diagnosed with a rare bone marrow disease but was combined with donor
- Rupert's mother started crying when she saw donor Billy Higgins from Essex
- Mr. Higgins signed up as a giver was because he saw the woman he liked in line
- Mr. Higgins revealed the woman he saw in line now became his wife
Charlie Bayliss for Mailonline
A 10-year-old boy suffering from a rare blood disease was reunited with the man who saved his life.
Rupert Cross, of Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, spent 80 days at a unit specializing in Great Ormond Street Hospital, which fought the disease after being diagnosed four years ago.
Billy Higgins from Essex enrolled in the bone marrow registry when he saw a woman he liked in line, who now became his wife.
Rupert Cross (right) spent 80 days in a skilled nursing facility at Great Ormond Street Hospital. Bill Higgins (left) managed to become a donor to Billy and help save his life
Mr. Higgins was found to be a game for Rupert and underwent an operation to become a giver.
Billy's mother collapsed in tears and told Mr. Higgins that he was "incredible" after she met with the man who helped save her son's life.
Since then, Rupert made a full recovery and described mr. Higgins as his "superman."
He said: "I feel very lucky and I can not believe someone would do it for me".
Mr. Higgins said: "If you have this opportunity to provide a bone marrow that someone desperately needs then you have to do it. It's the right thing to do.
Rupert's father, Toby, said: "I would have done anything to change places.
Rupert went through a period of chemotherapy, but has since recovered from his illness