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A Winnipeg mother is preparing to be the stem cell donor for her baby with a rare immune disease in hopes of saving his life, after a closer match to his mixed ethnicity couldn't be found. He is being such a trooper. Five-month old Boston De Castro has hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis, or HLH, which le his immune system to attack itself, causing his liver and spleen to enlarge. The only cure is a stem cell transplant.
De Castro is half-Caucasian and half-Filipino, and the closest stem cell match would have a similar ethnic background. About 66 per cent of Canada's stem cell database is Caucasian, and only about 3. A total of 3, people ed up to the registry in Boston's name, which Janetta called "unbelievable. For the last nine weeks, Boston has been completing chemotherapy and steroid treatment while the family waited for a potential donor.
Doctors will take Janetta's stem cells and deplete the parts that don't match with Boston to increase the chance his body will accept the transplant, she said. Janetta will be the donor rather than his dad, Rex De Castro, because doctors believe her donation might be more successful since she was pregnant with him.
If the transplant doesn't work, the family may look to find another donor, Janetta said. She urged people to continue to up on the registry. As a donor herself, Janetta said she wants others to know it isn't scary. You take a medication for four days to boost your stem cells and then have your blood taken, she said.
Boston will receive his mom's donation on Jan. At minimum, he'll spend two months in hospital to see if the donation works. Connect with her CBCMarina or marina. Pseudonyms will no longer be permitted. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the opinions expressed in comments. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time.
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