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Bone marrow donor could save baby
Yashica
Yashica was diagnosed with leukaemia at the age of six months
A Surrey woman's search for a bone marrow match for her 16-month-old baby has led to an urgent appeal for donors from minority ethnic backgrounds.

Yashica was diagnosed with leukaemia when she was six months old.

Her mother, Rakhi Rajput, said: "We have to be optimistic, we are just holding out that a match will be found for my precious little princess."

The 32-year-old British Airways revenue analyst said: "We just have to hope."

Mrs Rajput, of Camberley, said: "It is particularly difficult at certain times of the year such as Christmas but we just have to hope that a New Year will bring us a donor for my little one.

"God has given us something so precious - my perfect gift for Christmas would be the gift of life for my daughter."

Alex Frazier, spokeswoman for the leukaemia charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust, said: "Each year thousands of people are diagnosed with life-threatening diseases such as leukaemia and other blood disorders.

"Medical treatment can cure these patients, but success is not assured.

Yashica and her mother
Yashica's mother is hoping a bone marrow donor can be found

"A bone marrow transplant may be the last chance to save their life."

She added: "Can you imagine what it would be like to search for the only patient that could save your life?"

The charity has renewed appeals to help 7,000 people worldwide waiting to find a life-saving match.

It particularly wants people aged 18 to 40, young male donors, and those of UK minority ethnic backgrounds.

According to the charity, 70% of people do not find a suitable donor from within their family.




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