A life-saving surgeon is appealing to the public to help save the life of his 12-year-old daughter who is seriously ill with a blood disorder.
Geraint Lloyd, who has dedicated his career to saving the lives of others, needs a donor to come forward and help Arya who is battling aplastic anaemia and needs a stem cell transplant.
Medics have said a transplant is her best chance of survival but Mr Lloyd and Ayra’s mum Brundha are only a partial match and as she has no siblings the family are pining their hopes on a kind-hearted stranger.
Mr Lloyd is a consultant general, colorectal and laparoscopic surgeon based at the Lister Hospital in Stevenage, Hertfordshire.
The 45-year-old from Cambridge said: “Our world was turned on its head when we were given Arya’s devastating diagnosis.
“I am a surgeon who has spent half my life looking after people with serious medical problems and cancer but nothing prepares you for this.
“There is someone out there who is a match for Arya.
“By having more people from a diverse range of backgrounds on the [stem cell] register, Arya and countless others may be able to find that all-important match.”
The family are working with international blood cancer charity DKMS to find a donor. But Arya’s mixed heritage makes the search for an ideal match harder.
Arya first became unwell in May this year when she complained of stomach aches.
Her parents assumed it was growing pains but when it continued Ayra was referred to St Mary’s Hospital in Paddington, London, where she was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia.
This is a rare and serious disease where the body fails to produce enough blood cells.
Sufferers are fatigued and are more prone to infections and uncontrolled bleeding which is usually caused when the immune system attacks the stem cells, which manufacture blood cells in the bone marrow.
Mr Lloyd said his daughter is no longer able to play sport or go to school because the treatment she is undergoing to reduce her body’s immune response leaves her vulnerable to infections.
Mrs Lloyd, 47, a dentist, added: “Prior to her diagnosis Arya was fit and healthy.
“She loved to play sport and is very athletic, she swam, ran (100m sprints), played netball, hockey and was always on the trampoline and her zest for life was infectious.”
Mr Lloyd is making an appeal to everyone across the globe.
“We just need people to come forward and join the DKMS stem cell register,” he said.
“They may be in the UK, USA, India or another country. It is really straightforward to do and you could help save the life of someone like Arya.”
Anyone in relatively good health who is aged between 17 and 55 can register online at www.dkms.org.uk/arya for a home swab kit.