Mother who survived 9/11 and Manchester bombing is diagnosed with blood cancer
A mother who survived the 9/11 terrorist attack and Manchester bombing has been diagnosed with blood cancer.
The mother-of-two who is battling an aggressive blood cancer is appealing for potential donors so ‘she can live to see her five-year-old twins grow up’.
41-year-old Meena Kumari-Sharma who is originally from Hertfordshire, was recently unable to walk or talk, was on oxygen and in intensive care due to acute myeloid leukaemia.
Meena last saw her twins for two days over Christmas – a period cut short by her deteriorating health.
Forced to undergo gruelling cancer treatment an hour and a half drive away from young Mia and Krish, she relocated to where her mother lives in Leicester, to be looked after as she recovers.
People from ethnic minorities are less likely to find a match for stem cell transplants. Meena has only 20 percent changes of finding a donor.
According to www.dailymail.co.uk, She’s now looking for her perfect stem cell match, of which she only has a 20 per cent chance of finding, and is using social media to build awareness of her plea, using the hashtag #Match4Meena.
Meena put her career as a successful recruitment consultant in London on hold and mounted her own global stem cell search for a donor.
Her children live with their dad in Hertfordshire, as Mia needs to be close to Great Ormond Street Hospital, where she receives treatment for an unrelated serious medical condition.
Meena, a business management graduate of King’s College, video messages her children every day and longs to be reunited with them to do the school run and help with homework.
But if a perfect stem cell match is not found her acute myeloid leukaemia will keep coming back and kill her. And there is no time to waste.
She was told in October last year that she would need a lifesaving stem cell transplant this month but because she became very ill in December she won’t be well enough to have any transplant until June.
‘Because I was so unwell, I can’t receive healthy stem cells for three or four more months now, because they have to make sure all the cancer is out of my blood before they put in any new stem cells.
‘So luckily it’s bought us more time to find a perfect match. I’ve not been well enough to see my children and I have had to put all my affairs in order because I don’t know what will happen. I just want to get better so I can watch them grow up.’
Stem cell matches are hard to find. If a full match does not exist within the family – as in Meena’s case – a patient is reliant on the kindness of a stranger to give their stem cells for the best hope of recovery.