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Leicester mum in race to find donor

Meena Kumari-Sharma was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukemia Credit: ITV News

A mum of twins, originally from Leicester, is desperately searching for bone marrow donors.

Meena Kumari-Sharma was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of leukaemia last year. She was forced to leave her children in St Albans and move back to Leicester for treatment.

She initially responded well to chemotherapy, but a week later was told her cancer had returned as acute myeloid leukaemia and that she would need a stem cell transplant.

Given her Indian heritage, Meena’s donor will most likely be found in the Asian community, and she is concerned about the shortage of people with Asian heritage on the stem cell donor register.

Around 69 per cent of transplant recipients receive the best match, but this drops to just 20 per cent for people from black, Asian or minority ethnic backgrounds.

Meena has now launched a worldwide appeal via social media channels using the hashtag #Match4Meena, in a bid to encourage people from all backgrounds to consider registering as donors.

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