One Hatfield Hospital is helping to raise awareness of Arya’s search for a matching blood stem cell donor.
Registering to become a potential stem cell donor is easy, and you can help save a life.
Arya, aged 11, 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.
Arya is in desperate need of a blood stem cell transplant to give her a second chance of life, but nobody in her family is a match and there is currently no match on the worldwide stem cell donor registers.
Her father, Mr Geraint Lloyd, a consultant general surgeon at the Lister Hospital with a private practice at One Hatfield Hospital, is appealing for more people to take the first step and register as potential blood stem cell donors. The search to find a match is made even more challenging because Arya is of mixed heritage. Her best chance of a match is from someone of Indian or mixed Indian/Caucasian origin.
Mr Geraint Lloyd says “There is someone out there who is a match with Arya. 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.”
Despite Arya’s life changing diagnosis and the constant stays in hospital, whilst having immunosuppressive treatment, she remains positive and is hopeful of a matching donor being found.
Registering to become a potential stem cell donor is easy. Take a look at the short video above to learn more.