- Chinese teen was diagnosed with blood cancer when she was in university
- Doctor said she required an urgent bone marrow transplant from a relative
- Her biological father was her last hope but he refused to donate his bone marrow
A Chinese teenage girl with blood cancer was left fighting for her life after her biological father refused to show up at their bone marrow transplant – despite having agreed to donate his bone marrow to her.
The 18-year-old university student, named Xinxin, was diagnosed with leukaemia about three months ago.
Doctor said her biological father, who had divorced her mother, would be her only hope of a bone marrow transplant.
But he never showed up at the operation, leaving Xinxin only months to live.
Xinxin is waiting for a bone marrow donor and her father is the only person that she can rely on
Xinxin’s stepfather describes her as a pretty and optimistic girl before cancer struck her
Xinxin has been undergoing chemotherapy at Henan People’s Hospital in Zhengzhou to prevent the cancer cells from spreading.
Doctor Bai Yanliang, from the hematology department of the hospital, told Kan Kan News that Xinxin had a rare condition. The condition means she had developed sarcoma and abnormal blood cells in her bone marrow.
‘The best treatment is a bone marrow transplant, and it will be best to get it from her family members,’ said Dr Bai.
But Xinxin’s mother was a Hepatitis B virus carrier and her brother was underweight, so neither of them were qualified to donate their bone marrow to her.
Xinxin’s biological father became her last hope.
Dr Bai said chemotherapy would not hold long, Xinxin will need a bone marrow transplant
The 18-year-old girl was diagnosed with leukaemia after collapsing from a military training
Xinxin’s step-father, Uncle Zhang, and her mother are desperate to help their daughter
WHO CAN DONATE BONE MARROW
If you are the brother or sister of someone needing bone marrow or stem cells, you might be a match.
There is a one in four chance of your cells matching.
Anyone else in the family is unlikely to match.
It is sometimes possible to get a match from a matched unrelated donor.
They will need to undergo a test known as HLA typing or tissue typing.
It is to compare them to the surface of the blood cells of the person needing a transplant
Source: Cancer Research UK
Uncle Zhang, who is Xinxin’s stepfather, told the reporters that he had to travel to north China’s Shanxi Province to look for Xinxin’s biological father.
‘I’ve watched Xinxin grow since she was five years old. She is a pretty girl, very optimistic,’ said Uncle Zhang.
The man added: ‘But now she is receiving bone marrow puncture and doing blood test every day.’
Xinxin’s father had undergone a bone marrow test which showed a 90 per cent match to his daughter’s.
He had previously agreed to help, but he never showed up at the hospital for the bone marrow transplant.
Dr Bai predicted that Xinxin has about three months left to live if she couldn’t have a transplant.
There’s nothing the family could do until her father shows up.