A southern California woman who is pregnant with twins has found the perfect bone marrow donor just a few weeks…
A record breaking number of people reported to potential bone marrow donors after a story about Susie Rabaca, who was in need of a transplant.
She will be born by December 6th and had a desperate need for a bone marrow transplant to help treat her leukemia.
Within a few days after her story November 22 at ABC7, nearly 40,000 people were registered for the Be The Match registry.
More information about becoming a potential blood stem donor is available from Be The Match.
A bone marrow transplant can be a potential life-saving procedure for those with leukemia. But for the process of working, the donor needs to be a close match. There are about 30 million people in the global registry.
Rabaca is already a mother of three. Her sister is a 50 percent match, but doctors say it’s not good enough to treat her aggressive acute myeloid leukemia.
She needed a 1
00 percent match, but Rabaca’s mixed legacy – latino and caucasian – had made it difficult to find a donor.
Rabaca and her family have been commissioned to report as many potential donors as possible.
The registry is especially in need of people with mixed ethnic heritage for many other potential recipients without match.
Registry administrators said that thousands of new donations were more ethnic than the average.
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