Hope For Mia Cara

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Hope for Mia Cara

Mia Cara Ferreira is a 6 year old little girl from Somerset West in the Western Cape with leukaemia. She relapsed earlier this year after bravely fighting this battle for the past 2 years.

The only option available to her here in South Africa is a bone marrow transplant with radiation, but there is currently no match for her in SA. Even if a match is found, her chance of survival is only between 40% – 50%, not taking into account the possible brain damage from the radiation as she still is so very young.

 

Her parents, José and Sumien Ferreira who are both attorneys, have new hope in radical treatment in the USA which is being described as “the biggest thing in cancer treatment for the last 30 years”.

It is called (CAR) T-cell therapy and in short t-cells are removed from the patient’s blood and genetically engineered to fight the cancer cells. These cells hunt the cancer cells until they have destroyed them all. The success rate varies between 86% – 96%.

Mia Cara and her parents visited The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) on 20 and 21 November 2017 where tests were run and CHOP has indicated that Mia Cara may enter one of their trials, but at a cost of $726,200.00. Mia Cara is to return within 2 months for the treatment and she will be the first child from AFRICA to receive this treatment.