Zara, a 13-year-old girl urgently needs a blood stem cell donor. Here’s how to help - Foreigners In The UK
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Fri, Jun

Zara Al Shaikh

A 13-year-old girl from Winchester, Hampshire urgently needs a blood stem cell donor.

Zara Al Shaikh was diagnosed with myeloid dysplasia two years ago, which was successfully treated by chemotherapy. Sadly, after 18 months in remission, it has now developed into acute myeloid leukaemia.

The young girl urgently needs a blood stem cell donation to get better but there are currently no suitable matching donors for her.

Since Zara has mixed Arabic and English heritage, it is harder to find a match for her as tissue type is determined by ancestry.

She has joined Delete Blood Cancer UK in encouraging more people of all backgrounds to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

“Please come forward and register. It’s really easy. You never know, you might be my match,” says Zara.

Steve Brine, the MP for Winchester, has thrown his support behind Zara's appeal for people to register as potential blood stem cell donors.

Emphasising how easy it is for people to register, Caroline Portlock, Head of Donor Recruitment at Delete Blood Cancer UK, says: “Registering online as a potential blood stem cell donor only takes a few minutes but it could lead to you giving decades to someone else. It could lead to you saving Zara’s life or the life of someone else in need of a blood stem cell donation for his or hersurvival. Please take the time to doit as it could be one of the most important things you ever do.”

Click here to register as a potential blood stem cell donor.