Pregnant Mom Gets A Life-Saving Gift

With the coming of winter, there is much to prepare, but there is also so much more to look forward to.

Christmas time is full of surprises, there’s the unexpected hook up on your favorite TV show, and your child’s first loose tooth from gnawing on candy canes for a week straight.

Let’s also not forget about the joy felt when an unsuspected surprise gives you more than you thought possible, like in the case of a blessed mom of five from California.

Fox News reports:

A pregnant mother whose search for a bone marrow donor went viral last week has found her match, after her story reportedly inspired 40,000 people to register with BeTheMatch.org.”

It’s unsurprising that this beloved mother, Susie Rabaca, got the sympathies of the social media world, as she is seen posed with her seemingly happy children despite their mothers’ unfortunate diagnosis.

NBC shows Rabaca with her children in front a Christmas tree on Twitter:

Not only is Rabaca pregnant, but she is carrying twins, a feat that is challenging in and of itself.

Having three other children to care for amidst dealing with cancer treatment left the struggling mom feeling desperate for a cure.

Only a few short months before the happy photo on the popular BeTheMatch website, Rabaca was given the heartbreaking news that changed her life.

Acute myeloid leukemia is the diagnosis of the pregnant mother, which is an aggressive cancer that begins in the bone marrow, but can quickly move to the blood, lymph nodes, or other organs.

The American Cancer Society reports that around 60,300 new cases of leukemia will be discovered in 2018 nationwide, with 19,520 of them being acute myeloid leukemia.

With so many cases of this particular cancer to treat, and only so many bone marrow donors contributing to the treatment, it was scary to ponder on the prognosis.

Fox 11 reports on Rabaca’s heartfelt pleas for bone marrow donors to step forward:

Finding my match is everything to me, so I can be here for the three children I have, and the two that I have on the way, it’s everything. It’s so easy, there’s no painful procedure, there’s no surgery, it’s just swab your mouth and it’s as simple as a blood draw, and you can save somebody’s life, if not mine, somebody else’s.”

Then, miraculously after Rabaca’s message went viral, she heard the exciting news that she had a donor.

One can only imagine the happiness that must have swelled up in the hopeful mother’s chest as it was revealed that she is getting just what she needs to prolong her life.

For me to find one and for it to be 10 out of 10 at that is amazing,” Rabaca said to ABC 7. “Nothing better in the world right now.”

In about 30% of the cases, according to Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), a family member is the perfect bone marrow match, however, the other 12,000 people in need of life-saving bone marrow need a donor outside of their family.

Rabaca has a sister that she thought would be able to help, but it turned out that she was only a partial donor match, according to Fox News.

This is when the 36-year-old mother went to the general public to find the help she desperately needed.

Finding a match for mixed heritage, such as Rabaca is, proves more difficult because the tissue type matches only that of the specific ethnicity and race.

The HRSA reports:

Even with more than 30 million potential marrow donors and 742,000 cord blood units available worldwide, it is harder for patients of racially and ethnically diverse backgrounds to find a match.”

Julie Kornike, with BeTheMatch.org, told ABC 7 that “only 3 percent of our registry is mixed ethnicity”, making a perfect match a needle in a haystack.

It is unknown who the generous donor is that was a perfect match for Rabaca, but she will be forever grateful to them nonetheless.

The fight is not over for Rabaca, and she will have a long road of recovery ahead, but is blessed to have the opportunity to get the treatment that will give her the best chances.

Her precious babies are expected to arrive December 6th, with no foreseen complications, after which she will receive the bone marrow transplant.

Christmas season often inspires others to give, and there is no better gift than that of life.

Thank you to all those willing to go through the process to give of themselves in order for others like Rabaca to have many more holidays to come.

Please let us know in the comments section what you think of Rabaca’s miracle, and if you have a miracle of your own to share.

 

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