Mackenzie Friedman was born a completely healthy bouncing baby lady but now at five months old desperately needs a life-saving blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor.
Affectionately referred to as “Mighty Mack”, Mackenzie was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia (AML) on May 12 and requires regular blood and platelet transfusions inbetween her rigorous chemotherapy treatments.
“After she experienced a sudden spike in her temperature, first-time mother, Megan Harrington-Johnson rushed her to the general practitioner, who referred her to a paediatrician to hasten some diagnostic blood tests. It was with great shock and dread that the family learnt of Mackenzie’s life-threating blood dysfunction and it has been an arduous hasten for them since.
“Mack’s combating spirit has been evident in the regular updates the family shares with their large social media following. She has fought her way thru a bad infection and being in isolation in the hospital’s ICU. It was then confirmed that she would want a life-saving blood stem cell transplant from a matching donor as soon as conceivable,” said Stephanie Berry of DKMS Africa.
DKMS Africa, formerly identified as The Sunflower Fund, is the SA entity of the global DKMS family. DKMS is a stem cell donor registry and has registered more than 10.6 million donors worldwide.
Mackenzie’s mother has despatched out an pressing plea for a donor, who may save her baby’s life.
“Please register as a blood stem cell donor so that you may potentially assist save our small lady’s life or the life of another patient desperately in need of a transplant,” said Harrington-Johnson.
The chances of a patient finding a donor match is 1 in 100,000 within their very bear ethnic team and therefore the more donors who register, the greater the chances of a patient finding a match.
“Anyone who is healthy and between the ages of 18 and 55 is eligible to register and if one is a successful match, the formulation of donating blood stem cells is as painless as donating blood, great cherish donating blood platelets. To register as a donor is a instant and easy course of which entails a non-invasive cheek swab. At the same time as you have registered online, a swab equipment is despatched to you via courier and then calm even as you have achieved the formulation,” explained Berry.