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Toddler gives marrow to save sister

A TWO-year-old local girl donated bone marrow to help save her 10-year-old sister from leukemia at Shanghai Daopei Hospital yesterday afternoon.

Qian Qiyue had 200 milliliters of bone marrow extracted. The marrow contains stem cells that are expected to develop into healthy blood cells in Qian Qiqin's body if the transplant succeeds.

"Everything ran smoothly today," said Qian De, the father. "The bone marrow will soon be transplanted into my elder daughter's body. I hope she will recover soon. The result will be known in 10 to 14 days."

He said the family has spent all their savings in the past three years to treat his elder daughter.

"I will never give up," Qian said. "We can earn money after using it up, but we can't have my girl back if we don't try our best."

Qian's eldest daughter was diagnosed with leukemia in August 2007, and her sister born four months later proved a perfect match to her sister.

The elder girl's condition deteriorated in January and needed a transplant or she could die within four months.

Since the family failed to find a matching donor in the bone marrow bank, they let their young daughter try to save her sister's life.

Doctors said there is a 70-80 percent chance of success and stem cells from a sibling are less likely to be rejected or have other complications.


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