Leslie Harris of Arkansas was diagnosed with Leukemia just hours before her baby boy Ayden was born. Just 29, doctors say she is running out of time if she can’t find a bone marrow match.
An article on local TV affiliate’s website reported, “Leslie Harris said, "Five primary care doctors later all of them told me it was just a bad pregnancy. The day before I delivered him my last hope was to go to the ER and get some fluids in me because I hadn't eaten anything in seven days." That’s when she got the news that she had cancer and needed to deliver her baby that day. This all happened at the end of October and Leslie is still seeking a donor. Can you help?
You can go to BeTheMatch.org and request a kit to provide a sample to see if you are a match. When you join the registry, you will use their registration kit to give a swab of cheek cells. They will tissue type the sample you provide and use the results to match you to patients.
More questions and info can be found here. Leslie isn’t the only one that needs help. According to the National Bone Marrow Donor Program, 10,000 patients need marrow transplant and only half receive one. This is also brings up the importance of cord blood donating but I’ll address that in a later post.
Here’s hoping we can save at least one mommy’s life! You can visit Leslie’s prayer page here.