Patient needs transplant in US
After three years of gruelling chemotherapy, Michelle Lordan has a chance to beat the cancer that turned her life into a struggle for survival.
A series of treatments to tackle acute myeloid leukemia - funded at enormous cost by an anonymous benefactor - has left the 29-yearold Filipina weak but in remission.
But her doctors at Dubai Hospital say that everything she has been through, including the Dhs330,000 worth of treatment, will be in vain if she is unable to receive a bone marrow transplant in Texas, United States.
She only has a narrow window in which to undergo the treatment, her mother Jo Lordan, 49, told 7DAYS. By Shoshana Kedem
She said: “Michelle’s in remission now and the doctor said that if we do the transplant as soon as possible, in a maximum of 15 days, the cancer won’t come back.”
Amna Al Muhairi, Michelle’s doctor at the Dubai Hospital, said: “The only way to stop the leukemia from coming back is to do a bone marrow transplant.
“If she doesn’t go for the transplant she will relapse again - it will be more aggressive and she won’t respond to chemotherapy because it’s such a short interval since her last treatment.”
Michelle’s family are battling to find the $37,000 needed for a deposit for the transplant at the MD Anderson Cancer Centre in Texas, as the treatment is not available in the UAE.
Michelle’s mum Jo has raised $5,400 selling T-shirts.
“Without it [the transplant] my beautiful daughter will die. We already had to cancel the treatment once, because we can’t afford it,” said Jo, who works as a secretary at a Dubai real estate agency.
US visas have been arranged for Michelle and her sister, who will be her donor, in the hope that the funds will come through in time.
“On Friday I will be 50 but I don’t want to celebrate my birthday,” added Jo.
“My only wish is for God to give life to my daughter. But everything on earth will pass and I can’t hold my daughter’s life if God will take it.”
DESPERATE WAIT: Michelle Lordan needs a bone marrow transplant