(From Blackpool Gazette)
BLACKPOOL entertainer Joe Longthorne is said to be making good progress in his desperate battle for life.
The singing star remains in a stable condition in Manchester's Royal Infirmary after catching pneumonia while recovering from a bone marrow transplant.
Joe underwent a tracheotomy yesterday afternoon, a procedure to assist his breathing.
His tour manager, Zeb White, said: "The good news is Joe is continuing to produce more healthy white blood cells each day and his blood count is rising as a result. He has overcome another hurdle on his long road to recovery and we hope it is not too long before the pneumonia shows signs of improving."
Joe's family have continued to remain at the singer's bedside. They are now hoping his blood count will reach a level where blood transfusions are no longer necessary.