Arya is in desperate need of a blood stem cell transplant in order to give her a second chance of life.Become a donor
At just 12-years-old, Arya was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia in July 2020. Aplastic Anaemia is a life-threatening condition in which the body stops producing new blood cells that are needed to carry oxygen, prevent infection, and to stop bleeding.
Unfortunately, no-one in Arya’s family is a match so the family is relying on a complete stranger to help save Arya’s life.
The search to find this stranger is made even more challenging as Arya is of mixed heritage being half Indian and half White. While her best chance of a match is from someone of Indian or mixed Indian/White origin, anyone could be her match.
Her parents Brundha and Geraint are appealing for more people to take the first step and register as potential blood stem cell donors.
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“There is someone out there who is a match with Arya,” said Arya’s dad Geraint. “By having more people from a diverse range of backgrounds on the register Arya and countless others may be able to find that all-important match.
They may be in the UK, USA, India or another country. We just need people to come forward and join the DKMS stem cell register. It is really straightforward to do and you could help save the life of someone like Arya.”
DKMS-BMST has been working to find the right donor for patients suffering from blood cancer and blood disorders in India. So far, we have facilitated 32 blood stem cell donations. For a stem cell donation, the tissue characteristics of the donor must match those of the patient. When you join the stem cell registry you are on standby to be matched and potentially save the life of anyone with a blood cancer or blood disorder who needs a blood stem cell donation. You can be the right person and with your stem cell donation a real lifesaver.
Our videos answer the most important questions about registration and stem cell donation. Learn how you can register with DKMS-BMST and become a lifesaver.
For many people with a blood cancer or blood disorder, a donation from a matching blood stem cell donor is their best chance of survival.
With blood stem cell donation, only blood stem cells are donated, not blood, and matches are determined by tissue type, not blood group.
Your blood stem cells will completely replenish themselves within 1-2 days of the collection.
Many people in India can't find a suitable matching donor, as the Indian donors are underrepresented in the worldwide database.
Your blood stem cells will never be stored, they last for around 72 hours and are delivered straight to the person in need by a special courier.
You will stay on the registry until your 61st birthday!