SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES (KABC) – It was a story that had many cruel twists – a single mother of…
SAN PEDRO, LOS ANGELES (KABC) –
It was a story that had many cruel twists – a single mother of three who was pregnant with twins and needed a bone marrow transplant to treat her leukemia.
But this holiday continues Susie Rabaca’s story to shine.
Twins Ryan and Rainey were born on Thursday, which is the latest health chapter in Rabaca’s life.
“My little miracle children,” she said. “I had to choose to keep these children or finish my pregnancy, and of course I could not finish my pregnancy so I kept them.”
Their birth comes after Rabaca received good news in late November. She struggled with acute myeloid leukemia, and doctors told her she needed a bone marrow transplant that was a perfect match.
While searching through the 30 million registered donors in the Be Match registry, a perfect match was not found. But after her story went viral and thousands of registered to help her came up with good news.
“I got the conversation that I had an identified 1
0 out of 10 perfect match,” she said.
A record of 60,000 people signed up to being a donor. Rabaca’s donor is still a mystery, but her gratitude is not.
“Who you are, wherever you are – thank you. You give me life for these children, beautiful children,” she said.
While her story has no guarantee of a happy ending, it’s a good start to one. Just before New Year, she will leave Ryan and Rainey with her mother as she undergoes a month of chemotherapy and radiation.
Then her bone marrow transplant comes.
“Definitely. It’s happy, there are happy tears now,” she said.
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