Young mother with leukemia: the 28-year-old urgently needs a stem cell donor
The young doctor Annika Berger has blood cancer. She only became a mother five months ago. However, she is not allowed to see her daughter. So it’s no wonder that she does everything to get healthy. But the road is long – because first she needs a stem cell donation from her genetic twin.
Blood cancer is a difficult form of cancer to treat. The chances of survival are slim. For those affected, a single day often determines the course of the disease. For Annika Berger this day is June 8th. A Saturday that should make the difference between life and death. On this day, a public registration campaign of the Bone Marrow Donor File DKMS instead of. Potential stem cell donors can register here in order to save the lives of blood cancer patients.
The reason for the action is sad: 28-year-old Annika Berger suffers from leukemia. She knows only too well that a stem cell donation is her only chance of survival, because she is a doctor herself. The young woman only became a mother five months ago. However, she is not allowed to look or hug her five-month-old daughter Louisa – she is currently undergoing chemotherapy. The DKMS reported in a press release last week that all the greater is their desire to get well again.
DKMS is looking for stem cell donors for young mothers
Accordingly, Annika Berger has been a sporty, active, baking enthusiast and cheerful woman all her life. She was particularly fond of climbing and cycling. But the diagnosis has thrown her life and that of her family out of balance. And yet the young mother is sure: she wants to fight to conquer the disease. Her friends and family give her active support. It was also you who initiated the registration campaign for stem cell donation. An action in which potential donors can now register in order to use a cotton swab to give a cheek swab to the tissue sample.
Looking for a genetic twin
The 28-year-old can only survive if a person with almost the same tissue characteristics is found who is also ready to donate stem cells, explains the DKMS. “It is important that as many people as possible register as potential stem cell donors. Only then can they be found as lifeguards,” added Berger’s cousin Kathrin Pfister.
So far, however, the global search for the young doctor’s genetic twin has been unsuccessful. But hope remains – because what is only a small deed for the potential donor could be the salvation for a leukemia patient.
You can register and all further information can be found here: DKMS