A Southern-California woman pregnant with twins is hoping for a miracle after receiving a life-changing diagnosis.
Susie Rabaca, 36, is just two weeks from giving birth, but doctors told her earlier in her pregnancy that she would need a bone marrow transplant if she was going to see her twins and other three children grow up.
”I started feeling sick and went to the doctor, and found out I had leukemia” Rabaca told ABC7.
When her close-knit family found out she needed a bone-marrow transplant, they rallied by her side, including her sister.
Although her sister is a 50 percent match, doctors said it isn’t good enough to treat Rabaca’s aggressive acute myloid leukemia, she told ABC7.
The mother-to-be needs a 100 percent match, but her mixed Latino and Caucasian heritage has made it hard finding a donor.
But even with the 30 million people on Be the Match’s worldwide registry, a national marrow donor program, there isn’t a single match for Rabaca.
“In order for a blood stem cell transplant to work, you need to find a match who has similar DNA and ancestry to you,” Julie Korinke with Be the Match told ABC7, adding that it’s important to sign up more potential donors so that the registry’s diversity improves.
”It’s really important that our registry is just as diverse as our population, and right now that isn’t the case,” Korinke told ABC7.
That’s why Rabaca and her family have been signing up as many potential donors as possible in hopes of finding her perfect match.
“Sign up to be the match,” Rabaca said. ”It’s a simple swab of your cheek. If you are my match, then it’s a simple blood draw. And you can save my life.”
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