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April 16th, 2013
Chinese Student at Houston Hospital in Urgent Need of Blood Donors to Fight Leukemia
My dear friends (especially the ones in Metro Houston area of Texas),
This message is an urgent call for help from a young lady suffering a critical medical condition. Your time is greatly appreciated, as you may be able to bring hope back to her life.
Ms. Yuhan Yuan, 31, a warm-hearted, beautiful young lady from Harbin, China, had every reason to enjoy her life – the loving newly-wedded husband, the caring parents, a PhD. candidacy in Harbin Institute of Technology, and a full bloom of life ahead of her, until March 21st, 2012, when she was diagnosed with leukemia. The very day after, Yuhan was hospitalized and later was transferred to hospitals nationwide to pursue appropriate medical treatment. Triggered by a genetic disorder, her leukemia is responsive to traditional chemotherapy only for a short period of time. Soon later, the symptoms fight back. For a few times, she was discharged from the hospital in the morning only to end up re-admitted in the afternoon. 5 months after the diagnosis, exhausting all the treatment plans available at the time, Yuhan’s doctors could not control her disease and stopped further treatment efforts. .
Willing to sacrifice everything to save their only daughter’s life, Yuhan’s parents reached out to the MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, a world-leading facility for leukemia treatment for medical help. Following a quick arrangement by the family and friends, Yuhan arrived at MD Anderson on Nov.9th, 2012, with her parents, where another two rounds of chemotherapy awaited the girl. Tough as she is, the treatment made her weak with harsh side effects. However, these didn’t end up with hopeful surprises. 4 months later, the doctors were very disappointed to find that Yuhan didn’t respond to either round of chemotherapy and her blast cells reached up to nearly 100%, which suggests that her own immunity system has totally collapsed. Her last chance is now on the stem cell transplantation, which can be provided by her parents. But to make this happen, she requires complete support of healthy white blood cells from external source to avoid infections during the surgery. Unfortunately, these are not supplied by the hospital, but only possible through volunteered donors. Having only 3 weeks to prepare for the surgery, Yuhan’s parents have made their best effort to call for help within the Chinese community in the Houston area, but could only reach a limited number of people to date. Tens of Chinese students and Chinese-American residents signed up as candidate donors, and showed their support to the family with the gift of life. Due to a highly selective process to qualify donors, after two weeks, the source of qualified candidates is running out, and Yuhan’s condition is again critical. As a friend of Yuhan from childhood and authorized by her family, I would like to pass this sincere message to you. God has created beautiful lives like Yuhan, let us do something to help her through this critical moment of need. Because of short lifespan of blood white cells once out of the human body, we need local individuals in the Houston Texas area to volunteer as blood donors for this young lady. A selective process will be conducted prior to being accepted for donation to ensure your safety as a donor and the safety to the patient.
The followings are the procedures to sign up:
Anyone is welcome to go to prescreening for donation, however, qualified donors will be at least 17 years of age with a minimum weight of 110 lbs, and not be a nursing mother, pregnant woman or with active infection. The donor also should have no history of HIV/AIDS infection, or hepatitis after the age of 11. There are no restrictions on blood type or racial background.
The donor should not have traveled to the Anhui, Guizhou, Henan, Hubei, Hainan, Hunan or Yunnan Provinces of China in the past 12 months.
Only portions of white blood cells will be extracted from the donor’s blood, the serum and other components will be re-stored back to the donor.
Prescreening appointment can be made by calling 713-792-7777. The prescreen will occur at the either of following locations:
- Holly Hall Donor Center, 2555 Holly Hall, Houston TX 77030 (9am-6pm, M-F; 9am-4pm Sat-Sun)
- Mays Clinic (ACB) Blood Donor Center – 1220 Holcombe, Entrance 5, Floor 2, Elevator S. (10am-3pm M-F)
Due to the urgency of Yuhan’s condition, your support by April 30th will be critical for her preparation for stem cell transplant surgery. THE SOONER THE BETTER.
- When calling for prescreening appointment, be sure to mention the donation is for Ms. Yuhan Yuan (MRN: 0944910).
- 48 hours prior to the appointment, do not take Aspirin, Aspirin-containing products, traditional Chinese herbal medicine, and preferably no consumption of tea.
- In the prescreening, 200cc of blood will be drawn and the process takes approximately 2.5 hours. Results will be available after 24 hours.
- Qualified candidates will be notified by phone, and the candidate can then arrange a convenient time for a second appointment with the coordinator for Yuhan’s blood donation.
- The day prior to the donation appointment, the candidate registers at the Holly Hall in the afternoon (1pm-4pm), where he or she will receive WNV test and receive a shot to boost the white blood cell concentration.
- Final donation will happen on the next day at Holly Hall, and the process takes 2.5~3 hours.
For additional information, please contact the official coordinators for Yuhan at MD Anderson Blood Bank.
Bo Zhang, 501-772-7500, [email protected]
Jun Geng, 501-353-9094, [email protected]
MD Anderson blood bank donation procedure sheet
A friend (on behalf) of Yuhan