If I ask you: "What is the best day in your life?" Can you tell me the answer without thinking?
I believe most people need a period of serious thinking to give an answer, but for 5-year-old Maelin-Kate, this question is too easy to answer——
If you see a dancing butterfly today, then today is the most beautiful day;
If you have delicious pasta for dinner today, then today is the best day;
If her favorite cartoon is shown on TV today, then today will be the best day.
So why is it so easy to satisfy a 5-year-old girl?
When Maelin-Kate was adopted from China by Megan and Paul and returned to the United States, he was diagnosed with hip dysplasia at the local affiliated hospital of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital ®.Although corrected by surgery, the results of subsequent re-examination still showed abnormality.Since Maelin-Kate did not have any family medical history, he almost did various examinations and found no real cause of the disease. Megan said that at the time, no one knew what was wrong with the youngest daughter.
Just when the whole family was about to give up and leave the hospital, they were introduced to an expert in the hospital who had been studying Fanconi anemia before.Fanconi anemia is a rare recessive inherited blood system disease, which prevents the bone marrow from producing enough new blood cells, which leads to a malfunction of the body.If bone marrow transplantation is not performed, it will further develop into leukemia.The expert quickly made a correct and timely diagnosis from the little girl's blood test report.
Although the cause was known, Megan and other family members were unable to directly provide matching bone marrow due to adoption reasons.While the family is anxiously waiting for matching donors, Maelin-Kate himself, as the client, is as written at the beginning of the article, earnestly and happily discovering happiness in every subtle place and enjoying life every day.
Perhaps it was the little girl's attitude that moved God, a matching donor appeared before her Fanconi anemia turned into leukemia!The bone marrow transplantation was successfully performed at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®. Maelin-Kate and her family can finally enjoy a happy life with peace of mind.
In China, approximately 15000 children are diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) every year.For more than 2010 years, Dr. Pei Zhengkang, director of the oncology department of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, has insisted on cooperating with large hospitals and research institutions in Beijing and Shanghai to help Chinese medical institutions improve their response to this malignant tumor Disease capacity.At the same time, Dr. Pei Zhengkang promoted the importance of the Chinese government to this disease. In 15000, ALL was included in China's National Medical Insurance System for the first time.Now, more than 70 Chinese children who are diagnosed with ALL each year have obtained the corresponding medical insurance, and the survival rate has increased to 80%-XNUMX%.
Because of this contribution of Dr. Pei Zhengkang, he was elected as a foreign academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering in 2015.At the time, Minister of Health Chen Zhu, also an internationally renowned hematology expert, once called Pei Zhengkang "a doctor who introduced the most advanced leukemia treatment procedures to China."
The next step for Dr. Pei Zhengkang is to help doctors in mainland China and Hong Kong conduct research to find treatment procedures for other childhood malignancies.
For many years, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® has been committed to research on children-related diseases. Since the establishment of the hospital in 1962, the cure rate of ALL has increased from 4% to more than 90% through clinical research.At the same time, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® also shares successful treatment cases with children's medical institutions around the world completely free of charge to help them cure more sick children.In addition, for all children treated in St. Jude Children's Research Hospital®, their treatment costs, accommodation and transportation expenses are all borne by the hospital, because St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® Children’s Research and Treatment Hospital Believe-what a family needs to worry about is how to help the child survive the illness.
On the occasion of the Spring Festival, all the medical staff of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital® wish you all Chinese and overseas Chinese in the United States a happy Chinese New Year and a happy and healthy family!I also hope that everyone can wrap a heart-warming red envelope for the children who are still receiving treatment in the hospital. I hope everyone can have good luck in the new year!