Emma Grace became a St.
Jude patient April 2015 when she was only 4 months old. She had been diagnosed with a rare form of bone marrow failure called Diamond Blackfan Anemia. Her condition is caused by a genetic mutation which wouldn’t not allow her bone marrow to produce red blood cells. In order to survive she required blood transfusions every 2-4 weeks. Along with nightly infusions of medication to get rid of excess iron build up in her organs from the life saving blood transfusions. Spring 2022 it was decided for her best quality of life it was time for her to receive a bone marrow transplant. To date this is the only “cure” for DBA. On August 27th Emma was admitted into the bone marrow transplant unit here at St. Jude and on September 6th, 2022 she received her new cell from a very generous donor in Europe. It was a perfect matched unrelated donor or as they call it MUD. She was discharged from the hospital a short 23 days later. We are currently still in Memphis until she reaches day +100 as she must stay within 30 minutes of St. Jude. As I write this Emma is currently on day +32 and surprising her doctors everyday with how well she is doing.
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- Families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food — so they can focus on helping their child live
- Treatments invented at St. Jude have helped push the overall childhood cancer survival rate from 20% to more than 80% since it opened in 1962. And we won't stop until no child dies from cancer.
- St. Jude shares the breakthroughs it makes, and every child saved at St. Jude means doctors and scientists worldwide can use that knowledge to save thousands of children.
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