Girl With Rare Blood Disease Battles On

5-year-old Gia Danninger was diagnosed with aplastic anemia last year. Ever since, it’s been a constant battle for her life, but Gia fights with courage.
This rare blood disorder causes the body’s bone marrow to halt the production of new blood cells because of damaged stem cells. This results in chronic nosebleeds, bleeding gums, paleness, fatigue, and a heap full of other problems. To learn more about aplastic anemia, click here.

The process started when Gia’s mother discovered some odd bruising on her legs and arms. At an initial checkup with her pediatrician everything appeared normal, until a call shortly after the appointment changed everything.

This went deeper than normal kid bruising.

The diagnosis was in for this strange disease, and thus began a strange new world of hospital treatments that lasted several painful weeks. There were five potential matches for a bone marrow transplant, and it came down to one generous German man who would do the deed.

On the days proceeding, Gia’s spirits were lifted and she found inspiration through Wonder Woman. Her hospital room was decorated with the artwork of the Amazonian, and cards from family and friends that covered her walls. She looked up to the comic book hero as she battled for her own life.

After the successful transplant, Gia remained in the hospital for 57 days before she was allowed to go home. During this time, Gia was a curious cat, asking the nurses what they were doing and how they were doing it. Even when her blood was being drawn, she wouldn’t look away. She was curious to the bone.

August 22nd, 2018 will mark the anniversary of Gia’s transplant. They are calling it her re-birthday, the day in which she gets a second shot at life. Their hope is that she can start kindergarten next month and get back on track to a normal childhood.
Gia’s parents urge others to get involved with the American Red Cross or local blood centers to become blood platelet donors and change the lives of people like Gia.
“We met so many children through the hematology/oncology transplant floor we were on,” Gia’s mother Jenna said to the Journal Sentinel. “These kids are dependent on it. The fact is, one day, you could totally change someone’s world.”

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