Mums plea for stem cell donor to treat her cancer after her ex killed teen son who could have been a match – The Sun

A MUM is pleading for a stem cell donor to treat her cancer after her ex killed her teenage son - who may have been her only match.

Tania Morris, 49, was left battered and bruised by former lover Robert Goodwin in a row over fast food last year.

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The monster went on to bludgeon her 19-year-old son Nathan Bates to death while on bail for the attack, before killing himself.

In the latest horror twist, Tania now fears this Christmas could be her last after she was diagnosed with Hodgkin's Lymphoma shortly after burying her only child.

Tania's rare tissue type means there is no one on the entire global register who provides a match.

The pottery worker from Burslem told StokeonTrentLive: "It's heartbreaking. The doctors just keep saying we need a fit and healthy 19-year-old and that breaks my heart as that's how old Nathan was when he was murdered.

"My younger brother could have been a match but he died of a heart attack.

"My other brother Darren was devastated when he was tested and wasn't a match. He wanted so much to help me.

"Dad's only a half match. He's too poorly himself to go ahead but if and when it becomes life or death he could be a last resort. They're worried it would kill both me and him.

"It would really be desperate measures if it comes to that. It would be my last option because it could kill me.

"My mum's not even been tested because she's had a heart bypass.

"We are just hoping that someone comes forward. It's my only chance of beating this."

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Tania was left with horrific injuries in August 2018, when sick Goodwin tried to gauge out her eye before smashing a porcelain doll ornament over her face.

Months later he killed Nathan with a hammer as he slept before killing himself in nearby woodland on October 11 last year.

Tania is still unclear what motivated the murder - that may indirectly lead to her death as well.

The doctors just keep saying we need a fit and healthy 19-year-old and that breaks my heart as that's how old Nathan was when he was murdered.

Goodwin had been due in court the day after Nathans killing to face the assault charge against Tania - but will now never face justice for either offence.

Since her diagnosis in January, Tania has gone through multiple rounds of chemotherapy, but has now been told that the treatment hasn't worked.

She is calling on any young donor to come forward in what she thinks could be her only shot at living.

"I haven't properly grieved for Nathan because of the cancer," she said.

"He just couldn't cope with the thought of going to prison so he killed Nathan, killed himself and if I don't find a donor, he may yet kill me. All the stress he's put our family through also led to my mum's heart attack.

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"He had no reason to do what he did, he just wanted to upset me in the worst possible way.

"He said he loved me to pieces but then he did this."

Anyone who is healthy and aged 16-30 can donate stem cells by signing up with the Anthony Nolan register here.

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