Date
26 July 2017
Neither parent nor their one-year-old child is a suitable match for a bone marrow transplant for the couple's three-year-old daughter (left) who suffers from a rare blood disorder. Photo: Apple Daily
Neither parent nor their one-year-old child is a suitable match for a bone marrow transplant for the couple's three-year-old daughter (left) who suffers from a rare blood disorder. Photo: Apple Daily

Parents appeal for bone marrow donor for 3-year-old daughter

A Hong Kong couple is seeking a bone marrow donor for their three-year-old daughter who suffers from a rare blood disease.

Neither the couple, surnamed Au, nor their younger daughter is a suitable match for a bone marrow transplant, according to Apple Daily.

The girl, who will be four next month, suffers from aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow and the stem cells in it fail to generate mature blood cells.

Severe cases have a high risk of death if left untreated.

The five-year survival rate for bone marrow transplants is about 82 percent for patients under 20 years old, with prognosis deteriorating as they age. 

The girl’s father, a middle school teacher, said his daughter was diagnosed with the disease after unexplained bruises were found on her legs.

She has had the condition for more than a year.

Her parents took their appeal to social media after a search of potential donors from a registry of more than 100,000 failed to find a match.

Netizens have sent their best wishes and some have inquired about the donation method.

[Hong Kong Bone Marrow Donor Registry] (hotline: 2710 1206)

[Asian American Donor Program]

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