Ellie White is everything you would want in an 18-month-old daughter, fun, playful, and full of life– yet not too long ago her family discovered she had a rare disease, reports WVCB ABC. Ellie was diagnosed with the life-threatening disorder called severe aplastic anemia and in order for her to survive, she has to find a match and undergo a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, none of her siblings are able to donate, since bone marrow transplants require a very exact match.
When Ellie was first diagnosed it came as a shock. Her parents thought her symptoms were just results of normal “rough housing”. When they realized she needed glasses, they attributed her bruises to injuries from bumping into things because of her poor vision. Yet, the bleeding and bruising only got worse. A doctor’s appointment would lead them to the diagnosis.
Severe aplastic anemia is a rare blood disease and requires the transplant as soon as possible. When a bone marrow transplant is performed the process takes up to six hours.