Jane Subachus, a 51-year-old mother of two was diagnosed with a rare blood disorder called myelofibrosis. The condition caused scar tissue in the bone marrow and disrupted her ability to make healthy blood cells. The doctors said the only hope left for Jane to survive was to get a stem cell transplant.
The stem cells infused through a transplant were expected to engraft and rebuild her immune system,so that she could fight infections and diseases. This rare type of leukemia was said to affect the blood cell forming bone marrow of the body. The prevalence of this condition is estimated to be 1 in 1 lakh people.
The symptoms of this condition included tiredness, anemia, pain in the ribs and bones, bleeding, excessive sweating and fever. When the condition first hit Jane initially in 2009, she got a successful stem transplant from her brother Paul. But now when the cancer returned, the doctors wanted another perfect donor this time and not Paul because there are chances her body would reject his cells.
The situation was getting worse and Jane’s health was failing day after day, so the family decided to knock on every registry and public bank pleading for a donor. Since, Jane is counting her days, the family has also initiated a rally with a desperate plea requesting donors to reach out to help Jane.
If you are an expectant parent, a wise call that you can make when your baby is born by preserving your baby’s stem cells can save you and your entire family from such hassles.