A 34-year old Montreal mother was 15 weeks pregnant with her second child when she went to the hospital for a routine blood test.
The test results showed Mai Duong has an aggresive form of lukemia.
Now she's appealing to the public to help save her life.
Mai Duong's leukemia is back aftera chemotherapy induced remission.
She's now searching for a bone marrow donor as a last ditch treatment.
Perfect match donors are difficult to find in the best of cases but for people of ethnic minorities like Vietnamese Mai Duong, finding a match is next to impossible.
"Minorities don't give out their stem cells, therefore the pool is not very big. The likelihood of finding a match is very slim actually" said Duong.
Susie Joron is the manager for the stem cell donor registry with Hema Quebec is working with Mai Duong to encourage people in minority communities to register as a donors.
"Donors just have to be ready to do a small gesture that could help save someone's life" said Joron
"It's really life saving and often the final try for a patient's treatment", she adde.
Duong is undergoing chemotherapy and doctors have given her two months to find a compatible donor.
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