School Girl in Need of 200 Donors of Rare Blood Type in 3 Weeks
A school girl, Melanie Cottle, who is 11-years-old is said to be in need of 200 donors of a rare blood type in 3 weeks, as she has Chediak-Higashi syndrome, which is a disease that makes her bone marrow to infect her blood.
Also, she will be due to have a transplant on the 29th of June and to survive , she requires B+ and CMV- blood transfusions for five weeks, which only 29,760 people out of 62million living in Britain have the blood type.
She is reported to have had six months of chemotherapy to treat her illness, which is an ‘inherited genetic condition’, and she will need the blood transfusions before and after the bone marrow transplant.
Melanie's father, Paul Cottle, said, "If she can get this blood then we've got a bigger chance of making her pull through it. We've got to give her every single chance we can".
Biomedical scientist, Susan Mitchell also stated: "This is the first time in 20 years I've seen a patient with this condition. That is how rare it is, nobody here had ever seen a case".
Moreover, people who would like to donate blood have been urged to send an email to save. mel @ hotmail. co .uk or text 07971 366062 with their name and the message "I'm happy to help, I'm B+".
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