A Perth household remains to be on the seek for a stem cell match to avoid wasting the lifetime of their teenage son who’s battling leukaemia.
Levi Tracy was recognized with non-Hodgkins lymphoma on the age of seven and after 2½ years of intense chemotherapy he went into remission.
However the remedy that labored to avoid wasting Levi’s life is now the very factor inflicting his newest battle for survival.
The 17-year-old was recognized with acute myeloid leukaemia on account of his chemo — a kind of most cancers that impacts the blood and bone marrow.
Stem cells can be utilized to deal with AML if the donor’s blood profile matches Levis.
However after discovering out nobody of their household was a match, they took the search to the neighborhood.
The West caught up with Levi’s father Mark Tracy in December after they started the hunt.
“He’s received a uncommon blood and tissue kind, so it could possibly really feel a bit like we’re searching a unicorn,” Mr Tracy stated.
“However we all know there might be a match someplace on the market and we have now to seek out it.”
Since then Mr Tracey says Levi has had “a troublesome couple of weeks”.
“We discovered this primary spherical of the brand new chemo hasn’t labored,” he stated.
Levi has additionally developed an an infection leading to a number of surgical procedures.
He has been spending 16-hour days on the hospital hooked up to IV drips for practically two weeks.
“It’s robust to observe as mother and father however nothing in comparison with what he’s going by way of.”
The Lifeline for Levi Fb web page has grown to greater than 1200 followers, all hoping to discover a stem cell match.
His household says they “don’t know” in the event that they’re any nearer to discovering one, however stay grateful to everybody getting examined.
“We’ll preserve digging,” Mr Tracy stated.
The household is scheduled to have a gathering with the stem cell crew subsequent week who will notify them if any match has been discovered.
“Please, please, please go get examined, it’s not a lot completely different to a blood take a look at,” Mr Tracy stated.
“You would be that one individual that modifications a life.”
Those that aren’t a match can nonetheless donate blood and plasma — not just for Levi however for others who want it too.