A mum with a rare form of blood cancer, whose five-year-old twins go to Radlett’s Newberries Primary School has just months left to find a donor to save her life.
Meena Kumari-Sharma was originally diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukaemia, and responded well to treatment. However, a few months ago, the family received the shattering news that the 41-year-old’s cancer had returned and a blood stem cell donation would be her last chance of survival.
Now, her friends and family are urging more people to sign up to the DKMS register, especially those from Asian backgrounds.
Meena is currently living with family in Leicester as she undergoes treatment. Her twins Mia and Krish are living with their dad in St Albans and are waiting for their mum to come home.
Meena told RADLETTNEWS more people need to become donors.
She said: “I want to see my twins grow up. My brothers have volunteered to be donors, but neither of them is a 100 per cent perfect match, which is what I need, but there doesn’t appear to be one anywhere right now.
“The operation may have to be done using one of my brothers as a donor, but there is a big risk of rejection and infection, so it’s not something to enter into lightly.”
Meena has launched a worldwide appeal via Facebook, Twitter and Instagram using the hashtag #Match4Meena, in a bid to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider registering as donors.