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MetiNews.Com - Because of Arya's ethnicity finding a stem cell donor is so much harder

UK news 11-year-old schoolgirl appeals for stem cell donor after cancer diagnosis last minute news

MetiNews.Com - Because of Arya's ethnicity finding a stem cell donor is so much harder

UK news 11-year-old schoolgirl appeals for stem cell donor after cancer diagnosis last minute news
24 September 2020 - 17:24

Breaking News ! An 11-year-old school girl is trying to find a stem cell donor after being diagnosed with blood cancer. Arya, who lives in Cambridge, had just started school after the summer holidays, but following a diagnosis of aplastic anaemia she will also be starting immunosuppressant treatment. Aplastic anaemia is a serious condition that occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells. It means her immune system isn't working as it should, putting her at a greater risk of infections. To cure her aplastic anaemia Arya needs a lifesaving stem cell transplant and blood cancer charity Antony Nolan is searching the worldwide stem cell registers for a donor whose tissue type matches Arya's and who is willing to donate their stem cells to help her live a normal life again. Read More Related Articles Latest face masks rules: All the places you must legally wear face coverings in England Read More Related Articles Financing for 1,000 new Cambridge council homes part of £658m development plan However, the search for a perfect match is difficult for people with mixed ethnicity like Arya, who is half Indian. She is sharing her story in order to raise awareness of the need for more people of mixed race to join the stem cell register. "There is hope" Dr Elini Tholouli in the clean room of the Stem Cell Therapeutic Laboratory (Image: Joel Goodman) Arya said: "They said it would be hard to find a donor for me because of my ethnicity but it isn't impossible. There is hope." The best possible match for Arya is most likely to have the same background or mix of ethnicities. Currently, people with mixed Asian or other minority backgrounds have a 20 per cent chance of finding a match from an unrelated donor, compared with nearly 70 per cent for people with white, north European heritage. Arya was diagnosed earlier this year and is receiving treatment at St Mary's Hospital, London. She said: "When I first became unwell, I remember getting a stomach ache. At first it felt like a stitch but the pain didn't go away so I had more tests." "Life changed very quickly" These tests revealed something more serious, as her mum Brundha recalled: "Arya has always been fit and healthy, but life changed very quickly. "All of a sudden we were talking to doctors about aplastic anaemia and Arya has had to stop many of the things she liked doing because her platelets, the tiny blood cells that help your body form clots, were low." The family were given news of the treatment Arya would need to undergo and the need for a suitable donor. As the search continues, waiting for a match for Arya has inspired the Lloyd family to share their story. Their aim is to raise awareness of the need for more stem cell donors of mixed ethnicities to join the Anthony Nolan register and so increase the likelihood of finding a match for young people like Arya. Inspiring people Loving, gentle mum fights brain cancer Beloved Cambridge historian dies Maple Syrup disease is real, and deadly Tributes to a 'fantastic dad' Brundha added: "Because Arya is of mixed race, it was always unlikely we would find a match quickly.

. "It's a waiting game, but there could be someone out there who is a match. We also understand that younger people make better matches, so we would like to do all we can to make this more widely known." Join the register so that "no child with blood disorders faces an uncertain future" A younger donor with a similar ethnic background is the most likely to be a match for Arya (Image: Getty Images) Arya’s Consultant, Professor Josu de la Fuente said: "A well matched donor offers the best opportunity for Arya to establish normal blood production long-term and not to worry about the future. "I will urge anyone, but particularly those of mixed ethnicity to consider joining the Anthony Nolan register so that no child with blood disorders faces an uncertain future: we can all contribute and be part of the solution." Rebecca Pritchard from Anthony Nolan said: "Despite all she is going through, Arya is standing up to share her story in order to inspire people of mixed background to join the register. There is a potential lifesaver out there who could help her. "If you're aged 16–30 you can join the Anthony Nolan register online by completing a form and swabbing your cheeks with swabs we'll send in the post. Read More Related Articles UK furlough scheme: Rishi Sunak to announce new emergency job protection plan Read More Related Articles Tribute to Cambridge player who collapsed and died during cricket cup final "Each time we're told a patient is in need of a transplant we'll check whether you're a match for them; if you're found to be a match you could give your stem cells to give hope to families like Arya's." Brundha added: "We were unprepared for this and when it happens you want to know there is a source of donors for your child. That's why we're doing this – to highlight the need. "Being on the register could have a major impact on someone else's life. It's such an important thing you could do without realising. Families would be eternally grateful. You may never be called on, but if you are you could be a lifeline for someone. One person out there could be that person. It's a win-win for everybody." And Arya added: "The message I would like people to take away is “Never give up hope and please join the register." To find out more about joining the Anthony Nolan register, or to find out more about how you can support the charity you can visit their website.

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UK news 11-year-old schoolgirl appeals for stem cell donor after cancer diagnosis last minute news


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UK news 11-year-old schoolgirl appeals for stem cell donor after cancer diagnosis last minute news


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