Singaporean Baby Diagnosed With Leukaemia Just 3 Days After Birth

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Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia or JMML, is a rare form of leukaemia that comprises of less than 1% of childhood cancers. Baby Ethan and his parents are reaching out to you.

This Singaporean couple was shocked to find out just 3 days after their baby’s birth, that their little boy had a rare form of leukaemia. Ethan Looi was welcomed by his parents on the 30th of July 2016, at KK Hospital, here in Singapore.

Getting word of the bad news

Unfortunately, not even a week after his birth, his parents were informed that his white blood cell count was 3 times higher than that of a normal baby.

Little Ethan was kept at KKH for 10 days before doctors were able to diagnose him with Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML).

What is JMML?

As with other types of leukaemia, JMML is a cancer of the blood. This type of leukaemia occurs when there is an excess of immature white blood cells (myelocytes and monocytes) being formed in the bone marrow.

These immature white blood cells eventually overcrowd and push out the regular healthy cells that belong in one’s bone marrow.

Most cases of JMML are diagnosed in infants or toddlers and the best treatment for it is blood or bone marrow transplant, as stated by The Children’s Cancer Research Fund.

How can I help?

Baby Ethan’s parents have bravely reached out on GIVE.asia in hopes of raising the necessary funds for their son’s transplant.

As many of us know, hospital bills can often leave us in a great deal of debt. Especially when it comes to the likes of treating diseases such as cancer of kidney failure.

The fees at the moment stand at SGD 250K for a bone marrow transplant, up to SGD 80K for activated natural killers, and SGD 45K for a spleen removal. That brings his entire medical bill to a whopping SGD 375,000!

His parents are updating their GIVE.asia page on a frequent basis, with updates on Baby Ethan’s condition.

Head over to the next page to learn more about Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia (JMML).

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