Not bruises but can­cer! Girl now has two months

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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.

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