Nine-Year-Old with Aplastic Anemia Needs Bone Marrow: How to Help

Hey Patient Worthy community – let’s help a young girl with aplastic anemia find a bone marrow donor!

Nine-year-old Emma Hall needs our help – so let’s see what we can do!

What is Aplastic Anemia?

Aplastic anemia is a rare, serious, blood disorder that occurs when the body’s bone marrow stops making enough new blood cells due to damaged stem cells. The condition can develop over time or quite suddenly in people of any age. However, it does tend to get worse as time passes.

Symptoms include:

  • Prolonged bleeding from cuts
  • Nosebleeds and bleeding gums
  • Recurrent or lengthy infections
  • Shortness of breath with exertion
  • Pale skin
  • Fatigue

To read more about aplastic anemia, click here.

Brave Little Soldier

Last year, Emma got sick with hepatitis — which then led to her aplastic anemia diagnosis. She only has about a quarter of the blood she should have.

“She’s the bravest soldier,” Alisa, Emma’s mother, said.

“Emotionally your heart aches for your daughter,” said her father Gregg.

She doesn’t have much energy, and because she’s on immunosuppressive therapy, she can’t live the way she used to before her diagnosis.

“You had to quit gymnastics. You had to quit soccer. We’re home schooling now, so we’re not in school full time anymore,” Alisa said to her daughter.

And any parent will know – it’s always heartbreaking to tell your child what she CAN’T DO, instead of what she CAN.

How Can We help?

Let’s do our best to spread the word and help save Emma’s life!


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