Couple Thanks 71 Blood Donors For Saving Their Toddler Who Fought Leukemia
2-year-old Skye Savren-McCormick has been battling cancer for most of her life. Thankfully, the little girl is now recovering and her parents owe all the thanks to 71 strangers who came to her rescue by donating blood.
To show their appreciation, Skye's parents organised a meeting with 24 of these selfless blood donors to let them know how incredibly thankful they were for giving their child a brand new chance at life.
Four months after Skye was born, her parents began noticing some tiny red spots which covered her skin. Some blood tests were done and it was discovered that the little girl had a platelet count of 3000. The average for a normal person is about 150,000 to 400,000.
Skye needed blood and platelet transfusion immediately after this discovery was made. Her mother, Talia, said that without the available blood, doctors would not have been able to save her baby.
We used to call it life in a bag. It definitely brought her back to life.
Even though doctors suspected that Skye's condition was a manifestation of a type of blood cancer, it was not until several months later that a diagnosis was confirmed. Skye had juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia (JMML). This condition causes infections, anaemia and excessive bleeding.
Skye began to undergo regular blood transfusions as part of her treatment. Talia said she always knew when it was time for another transfusion because she noticed her daughter would go really pale and start sleeping a lot.
To battle the condition, Skye received 77 units of blood from 71 different people.
During her meeting with the 24 donors, Talia said:
Thank you doesn’t begin to describe the gratitude we feel. They were a part of saving her life. We are just in awe.
Her daughter was now cancer free and if things stay the same until April, Skye would celebrate a year without cancer.
The family chose to share their story in hopes that it would encourage more people to donate blood and save lives.