A teenager denied a life-saving transplant speaks out against the chronic shortage of ethnic minority volunteers
Like most teenage girls, Aneesa Hussain harboured hopes and aspirations for her future. After school she would spend a gap year travelling in Japan. She would graduate from university and embark on a career in marketing. But two years ago, at 17 years old, Aneesa was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia – a rare and potentially fatal disease of the bone marrow – and her plans were put in jeopardy.
Her only hope of survival was a bone marrow transplant. But despite a 10-month search that extended worldwide, not a single suitable match materialised, because Aneesa is of Pakistani origin and there is a chronic shortage of donors from this and other ethnic minorities.
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Supplement from Journal of Renal Care focuses on ethnic and cultural challenges of providing care for people with kidney disease
The Journal of Renal Care has released a free supplement focusing on the ethnic and cultural challenges of providing care for people with kidney disease. There are articles looking at a number of issues, including Kidney Research UK’s Peer Educator Model.
- See the full supplement