LISTEN: New hope for Jayden Roll
There's new hope for the family of Jayden Roll, the 5-year-old girl who was diagnosed last February with a rare blood disease known as MDS.
Over the summer, the family found out the condition had developed into a rare form of leukemia known as acute myeloid leukemia (AML).
Jayden needs a bone marrow transplant which would cure her, and now, her father Warren tells CJAD's Andrew Carter that she has found a match — through baby's cord blood. (Listen to the full interview below.)
Today, Jayden is undergoing a stem cell procedure at the Montreal Children's Hospital where she'll be injected with the cord blood. The procedure is said to take only a few minutes, but the grafting process could take weeks, or months.
"Hopefully it'll graft, and in a few more weeks, Jayden will have a new immune system," her father says.
The family has had a Facebook page for Jayden up and running since last March. Warren Roll says the family is touched by the hundreds of messages they've received since they posted the news about Jayden's impending stem cell transplant yesterday.
"The other day I asked everybody just to send a little note if they could to her on the Cure for Jayden site...and last night there were 700 messages from people," he says. "I printed out 25 pages of messages yesterday, and [my wife] was reading them, and she was so happy just to see it. It's nice for her to see how many people care."
Photo: via Facebook