• Sunday, August 14, 2022

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Race to find donor to save five year old girl

Kaiya Patel “desperately” needs a stem cell transplant in the next two months if she is to survive her acute lymphoblastic leukaemia

By: Lauren Codling

THE family of a young girl diagnosed with leukaemia are calling out for Asian donors to help save her life. Kaiya Patel, 5, has acute lymphoblastic leukaemia (ALL), a rare type of blood cancer that starts in the white blood cells, and “desperately” needs a stem cell donor. Unable to find a match within her family, a campaign is urging people to register as donors to help her. However, due to her Asian ethnicity she has just a 20.5 per cent chance of finding a suitable stem cell donor. This is compared to 69 per cent for people with white…

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