Two years old daughter of G.I. and Annie Zaratsian’s, Viv, was diagnosed with Acute Megakaryoblastic Leukemia back on July 20, 2017, when she was eighteen months old. She was hospitalized for treatment and received a bone marrow transplant from an unknown donor that helped her get better and one year after the diagnosis, she was in remission.
Unfortunately, in a recent routine biopsy, the family discovered that Liv’s cancer is starting to return back, about 0.2% of the cancer cells have reemerged. Liv’s doctors at the Rainbow Babies and Children’s Hospital in Cleveland has informed the family of a potential treatment in which some amount of blood is required to be taken from her previous bone marrow donor and inserted into her. The process suggested is named Donor Lymphocyte Infusion (DLI). It could help her get back into remission and become healthy once again.
Liv’s family is using the tool of social media (Facebook) in hope of spreading the news to her donor as they have not been able to contact him or get information about him as per patient/donor confidentiality regulations. The few specifications revealed by Liv’s family in the Facebook post is that he is young, about 20 to 30 years of age. He is not a United States resident and some connections suggest he might be from Brazil. The most heart-warming thing about the donor is the little blue sheep figurine he had sent Liv previously for good luck. The figurine has been traced back to Germany and it could be possible that the donor is from Germany.
G.I. Zaratsian Facebook Post has received over 10,000 shares and 528 comments since its publication on August 7, 2018. It would be kind enough if you share the Facebook post and help in this cause anyway you can. The family has also provided bone marrow donor site where you can donate if you want to.
We hope Liv’s family efforts count and the donor is contacted as soon as possible and little Liv can bubble back to health. Kindly add your part and share the post.