Jared, Connor and their mum, Chris
Chris was overjoyed when her identical twin boys were born. They were healthy little babies. As a new mother, she had so many hopes and dreams for her beautiful boys. Never did Chris imagine how dramatically all their lives would change.
One day Connor developed a temperature and became listless. Chris initially thought Connor was having a reaction to a possible insect bite, but as the hours passed and his conditon worsened, Connor was rushed to the hospital. After 12 hours of blood tests and 20 days of waiting, the final diagnosis was Juvenile Myelomoncytic Leukaemia, a very rare condition. Although Jared appeared healthy, he was tested and found to be positive for the disease. Both boys required stem cell transplants to save their lives.
The family moved into the Fight Cancer Foundation’s BMDI Rotary House, within walking distance to the Royal Children’s Hospital. The boys underwent a gruelling course of chemotherapy, one at a time, and then were prepared for their stem cell transplants using cord blood released through AusCord. The road to recovery was long and marked with setbacks but today, four years later, the boys are both healthy and happy and in remission.
The Fight Cancer Foundation’s BMDI Cord Blood Bank located at the Royal Children’s Hospital is part of the AusCord network. It has just released its 414th cord blood unit for transplantation and overall AusCord has released the 1000th cord blood unit for transplantation.