Not bruises but cancer! Girl now has two months
THE parents of a five-yearold girl with a rare form of leukaemia face a race against time to find a bone marrow donor to save her life.
The parents of Kaiya Patel of Northwood, London, have just two months to find a match but fear that they won’t because their daughter is Asian.
None of her family members were matches for a donation
Kaiya's family have said they are devastated after discovering that unexplained bruises on her legs were a sign of her life-threatening cancer.
Her father, Ruchit, 37 said: “It’s heartbreaking. I had no idea it would be so serious when I took her to A&E – kids have bruises all the time.”
Patel, who works as a lawyer in London, told Mail Online: “We had been leading a pretty normal life and were incredibly happy with two little girls going to school and learning ballet and gymnastics.”
“We noticed quite substantial bruises on Kaiya’s legs but the school had no reports of her injuring herself” Patel said. Patel said the family did not notice any obvious symptoms that something was seriously wrong.
Celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Sanjeev Bhaskar have shared the family’s plea on Twitter, but a suitable donor has yet to be found.
“Kaiya is on a cocktail of chemotherapy and immunosuppressants and they are having an effect on her and her appearance – she is losing her hair,” Patel added.
“We try to keep her spirits up but it's difficult to know how much to tell her.”
Kaiya, 5, needs a stem cell transplant in the next two months to survive.