A Second Chance at Life
Teddy, a vibrant one-year-old boy, was diagnosed with leukemia, a devastating blow for his mother, Sarah Cripps. Worried about some swollen lumps on her son’s head, Sarah immediately sought medical help. Having lost a cousin to leukemia before, she feared the worst. Her worst fears were confirmed when doctors diagnosed Teddy with acute myeloid leukemia, a type of blood cancer. The prognosis was bleak, with only a 13 percent chance of survival.
A Beacon of Hope
Despite the daunting odds, Sarah remained determined to save her son’s life. She hoped that Teddy’s twin brother George would be a stem cell match, but unfortunately, that wasn’t the case. Devastated, Sarah almost lost all hope. That’s when a glimmer of hope emerged. Doctors informed her that there was a good chance they could find a suitable stem cell donor for Teddy. And thankfully, they did. A selfless act by a Spanish mother, who chose to donate her placenta after giving birth to her son, provided the lifesaving stem cells for Teddy’s transplant.
The Gift of Life
The transplant was successful, and Teddy began his journey towards recovery. With the three key elements – early diagnosis, proper nutrition, and the stem cell transplant from umbilical cord blood – Teddy’s life took a turn for the better. Today, at the age of three, Teddy’s chances of survival are an astonishing 97 percent.
Sarah wants to share her gratitude and appeal to all mothers. She is particularly thankful to the Spanish woman who chose to donate her placenta, instead of letting it go to waste. Sarah urges other mothers to consider donating their placentas to help save lives. Imagine being in a position where your child’s life can be saved by a simple act of kindness, where a decision to donate can make a world of difference.
Share the Miracle
Teddy’s miraculous journey is an inspiration, a testament to the power of early diagnosis and the incredible potential of stem cell transplants from umbilical cord blood. Sarah’s message resonates with all mothers, urging them to consider the impact they can make by choosing to donate their placentas. By sharing Teddy’s story, we can spread awareness about the importance of this life-saving act. Let’s join together and help make a difference!