Doctors have launched a global hunt for the right bone marrow to save a Queensland boy fighting for his life.
Micah Murdoch is battling Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia for the second time after his family were told the devastating news in December that his cancer had returned.
The six-year-old had been in remission for two-and-a-half years and was just six months off being officially given the all-clear, his mother Catherine Murdoch told Nine.com.au.
“We were so excited to know it was nearly over and we couldn’t wait to tell everyone,” Mrs Murdoch said.
“We were waiting for the bell because at the oncology ward they have a bell and you get to ring it when you have finished your treatment. But it never happened.”
Mrs Murdoch said she was reduced to tears yesterday while speaking to her husband on the phone as he sat next to Micah.
“I was speaking to my husband and I overheard Micah saying, ‘Daddy what if they can’t find a match for me and I die. I don’t want to be buried in the dirt because I’ll be alone there. I’d like to be cremated, dad, and put on the shelf (at home)’.”
“I was crying because I could hear him so clearly saying it.”
Doctors at the hospital are busy scouring registers in a bid to find a suitable donor.
Micah’s oncologist, Dr Margaret Little, said they were hoping to find a suitable match from a cord blood bank, where people donate their baby’s cord blood after they’re born.
The most important act people could do to help children like Micah was to register to become regular blood donors, she added.
Friends have set up a GoFundMe campaign to help out with the costs.
We hope little Micah finds a donor very soon!
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