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article imageSister makes worldwide plea for brother with rare disorder Special

By Justin King     Jul 16, 2014 in Health
London - Aplastic enemia is a rare disorder in which bone marrow ceases to produce enough new blood cells. The sister of Angelo Farrugia, Sophia, wants to find bone marrow donors for the Anthony Nolan organization in hopes of helping her brother.
Sophia has donated twice in the past, buying time for her brother until a more suitable donor is found. Doctors are reluctant to perform the procedure a third time without a more suitable and permanent solution. Sophia is urging people from all over the world to register to donate and possibly save someone’s life. As Sophia points out, registering is simple and easy
“It’s just spit in a pot, and send it back.”
A saliva sample is typically all doctors need to determine a match.
The Anthony Nolan organization maintains the United Kingdom’s bone marrow registry, but donors from anywhere in the world can register within their home country and be able to help. In the United States, Be The Match is a national registry that is connected to Anthony Nolan’s database. In Canada, it’s One Match.
Anthony Nolan is a charity that helps three people find the match they need to live every day. The UK registry has over 500,000 people who have agreed to donate, but nobody currently on the register is a viable match for Angelo.
Sophia and Angeloa Farrugia in happier days.
Sophia and Angeloa Farrugia in happier days.
Sophia Farrugia
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