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Sibling bone marrow saves journalist from leukemia

A 32-year-old Shanghai Business reporter is recovering from a rare type of leukemia after receiving half-matched bone marrow from her younger brother last month.

As she struggled with post-transplant rejection, her family has to spend nearly 100,000 yuan (US$16,000) on her medical bill every month and has borrowed 300,000 yuan from friends and relatives.

Cao was diagnosed for aggressive NK leukemia last September, seven months later after she gave birth to her daughter. Doctors said she had only two months to live.

ANKL is rare in China. No more than 300 people are diagnosed with the disease annually.

Cao said she wants to live and watch her daughter grow up. But the financial burden is too heavy for her family. Her story has drawn the attention of several Shanghai enterprises.

A charity auction was held yesterday by Biostime China Foundation for Mother & Child and 13,181 yuan was raised for Cao by selling infant and mother goods. The company said it will continue to help Cao and her daughter in the future.


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