A Lochgelly mother, Marie Stark, who launched a global appeal for a bone marrow donor to save the life of her daughter; Little Ava Stark have found their hero after a new donor has come forward.
Little Ava suffered from a rare condition called inherited bone marrow failure which would’ve been fatal without a stem cell transplant. The initial donor which was the only one available on the global register of 25 million donors pulled out which encouraged Marie to launch her global appeal.
The appeal was heavily backed by the Daily Record and the Save Ava campaign seen over 10,000 potential donors sign up across the UK.
Before the operation can take place, Ava will need treatment beforehand to suppress her immune system which will include staying indoors to avoid any bugs which could delay the operation.
Doctors from the Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh hope to give Ava the stem cells from the new donor before the end of the next month.
Speaking to the Daily Record, Marie says;
“If you say to Ava, ‘Do you have a donor?’, she replies, “My hero”. It’s so cute.”
Marie has pledged to continue campaigninng and encouraging people to give blood and said;
“We’re also not going to leave it here. We’re going to keep fundraising and raising awareness to try to stop anyone else losing their child to this.”