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Girl (5) in need of US$62k for bone marrow transplant  

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Girl (5) in need of US$62k for bone marrow transplant  

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MASVINGO-A Mutare woman is appealing for US$62 000 for her five-year-old daughter to undergo a bone marrow transplant in India after she was diagnosed with a rare disease.
Diana Mangoma (5) was diagnosed with Fanconi anaemia, a rare disease whose patients may suffer bone marrow failure, physical abnormalities, organ defects and increased risk of certain cancers. Fanconi anaemia is an inherited disease. 
Diana’s sibling succumbed to aplastic anaemia, a rare condition passed down through the family.


The girl has a family history of a sibling who succumbed to aplastic anaemia, a rare condition in which the body stops producing enough new blood cells. 
Diana’s mother, Etina Shamhu, told The Mirror that the US$62 000 is for transplant cost of US$35 000, airfares US$ 4000, HLA typing US$2000, accommodation per day US$30, visas US$ 400, yellow fever vaccination US$ 220, post-transplant medication US$ 5000, and incidentals US$3 000.
She said the operation would be done for five months at Rainbow Children’s Hospital in India. 


“Diana was diagnosed with the disease at Parirenyatwa Hospital last year. We had struggled for years. We went to different clinics, but nothing has changed. We are appealing for financial assistance from the nation for her operation,’’ said a tearful Shamhu.
Diana went to specialists after she became chronically ill for two years with abdominal pain, constipation and general body weakness.
Well-wishers can contact Etina Shamhu at 0776453422 or The Mirror helpline at 0716895703 and 0719280534.

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