Mailyna (10) was born with Beta Thalassemia Major, a lifelong blood disease that does not allow her to make any of her own red blood cells. She receives blood transfusions every 3 weeks and has daily medication to eliminate the extra iron, that would otherwise attack her organs. Mailyna was recently approved by her physicians to receive a bone marrow transplant, which is the only cure for Beta Thalassemia Major. Since Mailyna is Filipino, her best chance of finding a match would be from an individual who is also Filipino or Asian descent. After many months of searching, Mailyna found a compatible donor. She received a transplant in May 2014. According to Mailyna’s mom, Mailyna is showing remarkable improvements each day.
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