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Washington County baby in need of bone marrow transplant

A mother tells us she’s running out of time to find a donor that could save her baby’s life.
Updated: Jun. 9, 2021 at 4:12 PM EDT
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CRESWELL, N.C. (WITN) - When her daughter Danielle was born with Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare disease that compromises the immune system, Christina Wallace worked tirelessly to keep her alive.

“We thought we were going to lose her because they said she won’t make it past 2 years without a transplant,” explained Wallace.

After a bone marrow transplant, the only known cure for SCID, Danielle is healthy and thriving.

But when her 9-month-old daughter Willow was born, she also had a SCID diagnosis. Now, she is in dire need of a transplant.

“She was born with absolutely no immune system,” said Wallace. “The smallest cold could be fatal to her.”

Willow also has a heart defect. It’s something she can’t get surgery for until she has a transplant that allows her immune system to be healthy and working.

“I don’t want to lose a family member,” said Willow’s brother, Michael Beasley. “I love her to death and I’ll do anything for her.”

According to NBC, about one in 60,000 babies is born with the disease.

If you would like to sign up to be a bone marrow donor, there are some factors that could make you medically ineligible.

Doctors are looking for donors to be between the ages of 18 and 35. Research shows younger donors provide the greatest chance for transplant success.

The following medical conditions would prevent you from becoming a donor: autoimmune disorders such as lupus, rheumatoid arthritis, or multiple sclerosis, heart disease or diabetes, and a history of blood clotting or bleeding disorders.

You can learn more about how you can be a donor by clicking here or you can read the family’s Facebook blog here.

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