Fam­ily in donor bid to save mother’s life

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

A PREG­NANT woman has launched an ap­peal for bone mar­row donors, in a bid to save her mother’s life.

Emma Nor­man and her fam­ily have started a so­cial me­dia cam­paign to find a donor for her mother, Si­pora Howard, who was re­cently di­ag­nosed with myeloid leukemia.

Mrs Howard, who lives in Ken­ton, north-west Lon­don, with her hus­band Eli, will soon em­bark on a sec­ond round of chemo­ther­apy.

Her daugh­ter is now ap­peal­ing to mem­bers of the Sephardi com­mu­nity — who are most likely to be a match — to reg­is­ter at a se­ries of ses­sions be­ing held at Lon­don syn­a­gogues.

Mrs Nor­man has launched a Face­book group called Sav­ing Sipy, on which she said: “If you are a match you could save some­one’s life. Please, please come down and get tested. We are des­per­ate to save our mum and we need your help.”

Mrs Howard, 65, was born in Ethiopia, but is of Adeni her­itage. Doc­tors have told the fam­ily that sib­lings are most likely to prove a match, but so far five of her six sib­lings have tested neg­a­tive. The sixth flew in from his home in Ethiopia this week for the ex­am­i­na­tion, but the re­sults will take two weeks to come through.

Two of Mrs Howard’s three daugh­ters, Sammy and Jolene, have also proved neg­a­tive.

Mrs Nor­man, whose preg­nancy pre­vents her from be­ing a donor, said :“If my mother doesn’t get a trans­plant there’s noth­ing they can do for her. She has to have it or I be­lieve she will not make it.”

Mrs Howard said she was “feel­ing pos­i­tive” about the fu­ture.

“I feel it’s go­ing to be good some­how and peo­ple have been very sup­port­ive,” said the grand­mother-of-two. She de­scribed the ef­forts of her daugh­ters as “un­be­liev­able”, adding “but I raised them that way, didn’t I? We are a very close fam­ily, so I’m blessed.”

For de­tails of how to reg­is­ter as a donor, visit www.face­book.com/sav­ingsipy or www.dkms.org.uk

Si­pora Howard

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