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B. C. girl with leukemia seeks Christmas stem cell donor

By Mike White     Dec 26, 2013 in World
Victoria - The mother of a four-year-old girl from Victoria, British Columbia, Canada who has leukemia is pleading for people around the world to donate stem cells for her treatment. The girl was previously treated for cancer and been in remission.
CBC reported Hannah Day was in remission by September of this year after intensive treatment following being diagnosed around age three with a malignant tumor in her stomach.
Hannah had a seizure last Saturday and was rushed to the local hospital in Victoria. She was then taken by plane to Children's Hospital in Vancouver. Her mother, Brooke Ervin was horrified when she called 911.
"It was the scariest 911 phone call I've ever made in my life … she stopped breathing in my arms," recalled Ervin.
The girl is no longer in intensive care. She still can't walk, however and needs help just to sit up. Hannah is breathing on her own and does have an appetite.
Hannah has spent much of her life in hospital and has had to be fed through a tube. She has had to have numerous tests and chemotherapy, as doctors have attempted to help her tiny body beat back cancer.
MSN reported the girl was to take a trip to Disneyland on a trip organized by the Make-A-Wish Foundation. That was before her mother found out a little more than month ago she has leukemia, possibly caused by her previous treatment.
Hannah's family had hoped her two-year-old sister, Hailey, could provide the stem cells for a transplant. Her sister is not a match, even though she is the closest potential donor.
The family is now asking for help from people around the world registered with Marrow Network, which is operated by Canadian Blood Services and OneMatch Stem Cell to find a possible donor.
Although the chances of finding a match are one in one million, her family is hoping their prayers will be answered and a match found. The girl had been preparing for another Christmas in the hospital.
"She asked if Santa is going to remember where she is," Yahoo News reported her mother as saying. "And that was really sad, because she felt that Santa might not know where she is to deliver her gifts. You know, because she still believes.
"I told her of course he knows where she is, and that she was a good girl and she deserves everything that she wants this year from Christmas."
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