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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