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Donor girl is reunited with mom

THE girl who went missing before she was due to donate stem cells to her brother has been found.

Jiang Yuelan was reunited with her mother last night.

The 10-year-old, who had gone missing on Tuesday, was spotted by a woman in Shanghai's Jiading District, more than 20 kilometers away from her temporary home in Pudong, on Friday.

The woman took the girl to local police on Saturday. But Jiang told Jiading police that she had no parents and had been begging in the city since she was five years old. Jiading police uploaded her photo on to the city's public security network, looking for clues to her identity.

Yesterday, Pudong police found the picture to be a perfect match for the girl they had been looking for and last night they contacted Zhou Lanying, Jiang's mother. She went to the Jiading District police bureau and was reunited with her daughter at around 10pm.

Police said Jiang had walked from Pudong to Jiading, begging stores and passers-by for food along the way.

"I am so happy my girl is found and she is fine," Zhou, a Guizhou Province native, said. "I will keep a close eye on her."

But while this was one happy ending, there is uncertainly over the pending stem cell transplant between Jiang and her sick brother, 4-year-old Jiang Shubao.

Before any operation, Shanghai Children's Medical Center says it wants the girl to undergo a psychological consultation.

"Both the hospital and her parents may pay too much attention to her brother," said hospital official Xia Lin. "She was so cooperative and brave when we asked her about stem cell donation. But she's only 10 years old and it's natural that she would become anxious and worried."

The mother last night said the family would proceed with their plan for the daughter to donate stem cells to save the little boy.

Last summer, Jiang Shubao was found to be suffering from aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow does not produce sufficient new blood cells. He was taken to Shanghai Children's Medical Center in October, where doctors suggested a stem cell transplant.

Jiang Yuelan arrived in Shanghai in December for blood tests and was found to be a perfect match. The transplant was to have been on Saturday.

Before yesterday's news, the girl's father, Jiang Dengkun, had been planning to go back to his hometown in Guizhou Province to seek donors among his other relatives. He came to Shanghai last Wednesday after his daughter had gone missing.

He had been working in Fujian Province to support the family and raise money for his son's medical treatment.


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