At the age of just seven years old, Lillian from Missouri, TX in the US, has been diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and will need a bone marrow transplant. But currently, there is nobody on the worldwide register who is a suitable match.
This devastating news came at a time when her older brother Jerry was undergoing a second stem cell transplant in his own fight against AML. The family has learned that the children’s father has a genetic mutation that causes AML in the children. Unfortunately, she recently hit a major roadblock in her treatment. Her blood count is now low and her condition took a turn for the worse.
Lillian is of Chinese descent and nobody in her family is a match. While it is more likely that Lillian will find a matching donor in someone who shares her ethnicity, anyone could be the match that will save her life.
A matching donor was found last year in China, but due to Covid-19 restrictions, that donor is not able to be her lifesaver. So the family are now urgently searching for a new potential match, who could be the miracle they have been wishing for.
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