A Lochgelly mother has launched a global appeal for a bone marrow donor to save her three-year-old daughter’s life after the original anonymous donor had pulled out.
Little Ava Stark is in desperate need of a stem cell transplant due to an extremely rare blood condition. A search of the worldwide register only found one match that satisfies 10 out of 10 genetic markers that are required for a successful transplant.
Marie Stark is making a plea for people to get tested to help save the life of her daughter. She said “I need everyone who can to get tested because they could save my daughter’s life.”
Little Ava will face a huge struggle if a donor is found as the survival rate for her condition is just 20 percent.
During the search for a suitable donor, Little Ava needs ongoing medical support for her condition called inherited bone marrow failure, requiring weekly platelet transfusions and two blood transfusions a month.
Marie is unsure what the future holds but is determined to save her ‘happy’ girl.
She says; “If you ask the nurses, they will tell you she is constantly the happy one.
“They say to her, ‘How are you still running through the ward when your platelets are so low?’
“But she is what keeps us going. There are days when you want to scream and cry but when she comes running in, playing with her dolls and chucking her pram about, she makes it better”
You can learn more about stem cell donations and become a life saving donor by contacting the NHS. Below is a list of resources (some approved by NHS) to help those that wish to become a donor.
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