Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Bone Marrow need in UK

Chance of finding donor is only one in 100,000

Sonia Akow needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life. Credit: ACLT
Losing your mother to leukaemia is devastating enough, but imagine the impact of being diagnosed with the same condition, just one year after her death.

That's the situation facing 42-year-old music publicist Sonia Akow from Earl's Court.

She was diagnosed with the disease in November and now urgently needs a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

But because of her mixed heritage, her situation is even more desperate: her chance of finding a suitable donor is only 1 in 100,000. If she were white British, it would be 1 in 4.
Source: itv

1 comment:

  1. 1 in 4 versus 1 in 100,000. These are matters of life and death. That discrepancy is astounding and heartbreaking. So thankful for the work Project RACE and organizations like Mixed Marrow do to try to narrow that gap but more must be done! (btw, I lived in Earls Court area my junior year of college.)