When she was 2 years old, Layla was diagnosed with medulloblastoma, the most common type of childhood brain tumor. Her surgeon was able to successfully remove all of the tumor cells, and Layla received chemotherapy and a stem cell transplant of her own cells. Unfortunately, Layla then suffered from two bone marrow failures, and needed a stem cell donor to give her a brand new immune system, and her life back. Ethnicity plays a crucial role in matching patients with donors. Layla is South Asian which means her most likely match would be someone with the same ethnic background. We are happy to report, after 5 years of searching for a donor, Lovely Layla found a donor and had a transplant in August 2020. She is doing well and excelling in school.
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