All Ailsa Wants for Birthday Is a Donor to Save Her Life; Little Girl Suffers from Deadly Blood Disease; PARENTS' PLEA FOR SCOTS TO HELP
Byline: Joe McGuire firstname.lastname@example.org
WHILE most four-year-old girls get toys for their birthday, Ailsa Croll's parents say the best present this year would be the donation that could save their daughter's life.
The little girl celebrates her birthday on Thursday, 18 months after being diagnosed with lifethreatening blood disease aplastic anaemia.
After suffering the heartbreak of a failed stem cell transplant, mum Kirsteen and dad Neil are making a plea to Scots for help.
They want people to sign up to stem cell and bone marrow registries in the hope of finding a match.
Neil, 41, said: "That would be the ultimate present, if someone went on the register who turned out to be the person we need.
"That's all we need, just one perfect match, that's all it takes and the doctors can do the business and make Ailsa better." The stem cell transplant was a nine out of 10 match but Ailsa's antibodies rejected the part of the marrow that wasn't a match.
If a donor isn't found, Ailsa will need weekly transfusions of blood products and won't be able to start school next August.
Without platelets, which clot the blood, Ailsa bruises easily, and even a light knock on the head could cause internal bleeding.
Neil said: "You want her to be able to play and have fun, and her sister Caitlin is great with her, but you're always worried."
The family, from Dundonald, Ayrshire, hope that a donor will be found in time for her to start school. …