1000 Vietnamese donors respond to Mai Duong

Mai Duong waits in hospital for transplant
Photo: Courtesy Mai Duong

The Vietnamese community in Quebec is mobilizing to save the life of Mai Duong, a young mother who desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.

Duong must turn to an unknown Vietnamese donor because bone marrow transplants can be done only between people of the same ethnic origin.

More than 1,000 people responded to the call to be tested during the last three weeks.

Duong says she has four to six weeks to find a donor.

The international bank currently has 24 million donors, only 1% Asian.

In Quebec, the bank has 50,000 donors. Of these, 3% are Asian.

It's not only Asians who are underrepresented in the international donor bank.

Hema-Quebec says there's an urgent need for Blacks, Hispanics and Indigenous people to come forward.

To become a donor, individuals must be between18-35 years old and be healthy.

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