09 Mar '17, 12pm
This is an incredible story! The donor and recipient are from different countries, but the match has been made!
Our 8 year-old daughter Rachel was admitted to Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa yesterday, March 6, to prepare for her bone marrow transplant . It is auspicious for us that she was admitted during Bone Marrow Failure Awareness Week. Two years ago we discovered Rachel has an extremely rare bone marrow failure condition known as pure red cell aplasia (PRCA) . Her bone marrow has gone on strike and she’s not making red blood cells. What caused it remains a mystery, which has stumped doctors from Rondebosch, South Africa to Boston, from Atlanta to Oxford, England. We were referred to the Red Cross Children’s Hospital, and whenever Rachel’s blood levels dropped dangerously low she was given a blood transfusion . The intervals between transfusions became shorter and eventually she became transfusion dependent. That’s when doctors felt she needed a transplant and...