A woman diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia last December is seeking a perfect match to her stem cell type from people who share her ethnic background.
Nikki Braterman, 45, from Brighton, is of Anglo-Burmese and Irish descent, but because of the rare cytogenetic abnormality of her disease, she is at high risk of relapse following chemotherapy.
Her best chance of a cure is to now have a bone marrow transplant, but her search has been complicated due to having aggressive antibodies. A donor in France was found to be unsuitable as they were only a 9/10 match.
“I’m a mum to two small children, aged 7 and 4 and I want to see them grow up. If you are reading this story and think that you may be able to help then please, please get in touch, you might just be able to save my life,” says Nikki.
People who share her ethnic background are her best hope of finding a ‘Perfect Ten Match’, but doctors are not limiting it to that: anyone who has south Asian heritage – especially those with Portuguese names like De Souza, De Castro – would definitely be of interest.
“We are desperately and urgently seeking a perfect match donor for my beautiful wife Nikki. I don’t want to lose her and I don’t want my kids to grow up without their mum. Please take a look at our website and share our story on social media. The right donor is out there somewhere, we just need to find them quickly,” said Nikki’s husband Geoff.
If you think you may be able to help Nikki then please check out your national registry. In the UK, this can be with the Anthony Nolan Trust for those aged 16-30, with Delete Blood Cancer or with the British Bone Marrow Registry. Outside the UK, please see the list of Bone Marrow Registers.