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Boy, 8, desperately seeking bone marrow transplant

SUSCEPTIBLE TO ILLNESS: Keano Klien

THE AFRICAN Caribbean Leukaemia Trust (ACLT) have urged the community to attend to a bone marrow registration drive in order to save the life of an eight-year-old boy.

Zimbabwe-born Keano Klien suffers from a rare disease called DD Kostmanns syndrome and severe congenital neutrophenia and without a bone marrow match his life expectancy is extremely short.

Keano is mixed race thus making it very difficult to find a donor as the registers currently suffer from a massive shortage of mixed race people.

His mother, Chantelle Moore, has travelled all over Southern Africa and Europe desperately trying to find assistance for her only son.
Keano has already had over seven operations and treatment in his life, which has left him very weak and susceptible to infections of the lungs and liver.

The best chance of finding a match for a patient such as Keano is from a donor from the same ethnic background, but minority ethnic groups are not well represented on the register and that the ACLT are encouraging people in the local community to come out and support the campaign.

The registration drive will take place from 12:00pm to 5:00pm at The Centre MK in Milton Keynes on May 18.


SEEKING ASSISTANCE: Keano and his mother Chantelle Moore

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