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Helping Us Help Ella for the bone marrow transplant will be used for Ella's medical cost and related expenses.

This is the most severe form of beta thalassemia in which the complete lack of beta protein in the hemoglobin causes a life threatening anemia that requires regular blood transfusions and extensive ongoing medical care. In short Ella is not able to produce her own red blood cells. There is one rare chance of beating this with a bone marrow transplant with a perfect match…and her 8-year-old sister, Sophia is!!! The bone marrow transplant will take place at the Boston Children’s Hospital. We will have to stay there for quite a while; Ella will first need to have her immune system depleted by having chemo therapy before the transplant. The transplant will take place with Sophia and Ella, then after two months in the hospital Ella will have many more follow-ups between Syracuse and Boston making sure that Sophia’s bone marrow took and she is capable of growing her own red blood cells. Because the bone marrow transplant will deplete Ella’s immune system, Ella and her immediate family will require a controlled environment to insure she is able to rebuild her immune system at a normal functional level.
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