(KTVI)– A 5-year-old from Cape Girardeau, Missouri was fighting Sickle-Cell disease when she learned of a bone-marrow donor match and possible cure. Then, the donor backed out. Her mother refused to give up hope.
Debbie Carter remembered taking her sick daughter, Gabby, to the pediatrician. The child’s spleen was full of damaged red blood cells. Doctors rushed gabby to St. Louis Children’s Hospital.
“The problem was, when we were in St. Louis with her being so small and dehydrated, all her veins were, we couldn’t access any of her veins,’ Carter said. ‘The only option at that point was they had to put a port in to access her, and they had to do it right away.”
Gabby was only 10 months old and fighting Sickle-Cell disease. The genetic disorder damages red blood cells and the organs that need them. Gabby turned five and found hope: an acceptable bone-marrow donor.