After an arduous search for a suitable Bone Marrow match, surgeons have informed Keiton’s family that as Keiton’s Bone Marrow type is so rare, a match may never be found. The only option is for Keiton to have cord blood transplantation which doesn’t require the extremely close tissue-type matching of bone marrow transplants, and rejection of placental cells is less severe. Umbilical cord blood is used instead of bone marrow, if the treatment is successful, the stem cells from the cord blood will survive in a Keiton’s bone marrow and produce healthy white blood cells.
This life saving procedure alone costs $650,000 and Keiton and his mother Paris must spend two months in Duke Hospital, Durham, USA which is the most experienced centre for this procedure in the world. On top of this, Keiton and Paris must spend a minimum of 6-8 months living close to the hospital whilst receiving outpatient care.
So what we need now is cash. Keiton is seven years old and just wants to go back to school and play with his friends. He’s a brave, beautiful boy battling Leukaemia for the second time, without this procedure in the U.S Keiton won’t live for much longer. We’ve raised £40,000 but there’s a long way to go until we reach the £500,000 target that will pay for Keiton’s life-saving operation and eight months of out-patient care in the U.S.A.
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Account name: Keiton Knight
Bank: Lloyds TSB
Sort code: 30 – 99 – 86
Account no: 20055160