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Give baby Mahi, and children like her, a second chance at life

Give baby Mahi, and children like her, a second chance at life

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To be told that your child has cancer, and a rare form at that, is any parent’s nightmare. 

The Jithoo family from KwaZulu-Natal has been living this nightmare for the last four months as their 8-month-old baby girl, called Mahi, was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia at just three and a half months old. 

Mahi has spent most of her short life in hospital, where she has been receiving several rounds of chemotherapy to prepare her for a bone marrow stem cell transplant. However, sadly, a donor match is yet to be found. 

For Mahi and many children like her, they have to rely on the selflessness of a stranger to donate stem cells, as only 30% of patients are lucky enough to find a match within their immediate family. 

The remaining 70% often have to look internationally if a local donor is not found. The odds of finding a donor match is 1 in 100 000 but is drastically reduced to 1 in 400 000 for patients of colour. Sadly, this is a problem that registries face globally. 

It is for this reason the family has decided to join hands with the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) in an effort to:

  1. help recruit more donors, particularly donors of colour;
  2. raise much-needed funds to procure additional buccal swab kits (testing kits), and;
  3. To cover the costs of donors’ medical tests in the hopes of giving Mahi, and the many children like her, a second chance at life. 

These costs are covered in full by the SABMR, hence continued fundraising for the Registry. 

The cost of a bone marrow stem cell transplant from an international donor is more than double the cost of a local donor.

The SABMR’s mission is to give every patient referred to the registry the life-saving transplant they need to lead a full life. 

Your financial donation could make all the difference.  

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Donations

  • Nov 29, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Prosperity and Hope" - Kimmo

  • Nov 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Hope this helps.

    " - Anon Lunaut

  • Nov 26, 2021 - USD $ 1 000.00
  • "

    Donation

    " - Anonymous

  • Nov 24, 2021 - USD $ 12.62
  • "Get well soon Darling. Thoughts and prayers are with you." - Arav

  • Nov 10, 2021 - R 250.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Nov 07, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for healing for Baby Mahi. In memory of Arrasi Ramen" - Anonymous

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for precious baby Mahi to be healed and to have perfect health. Love and light to baby Mahi and family." - Arrasi and family

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Best wishes to baby Mahi " - Sach&Dani

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "This is in memory of my granddaughter Arrasi" - Arrasi Ramen

  • Nov 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "" - In memory of Arrasi

  • Oct 27, 2021 - R 20.00
  • "

    I pray you get well

    " - sandra sithoo

  • Oct 27, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    May the angels be with you baby girl

    " - Robynne

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 22, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Praying for you

    " - S.B

  • Oct 20, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Praying for a miracle. God bless u Angel.

    " - Nirvashni Kishor

  • Oct 19, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    You will be in our prayers

    " - Jarrod

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "God bless baby Mahi!" - Neil

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "I PRAY FOR YOU MY DEAR CHILD. MAY HANUMANJI BLESS YOU WITH A FULL SPEEDY RECOVERY " - Ashwin Rajdew

  • Oct 18, 2021 - USD $ 20.53
  • "Get well soon little one " - Geraldine & Vish

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Keep fighting beautiful Mahi x

    " - Sharon

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Stay strong and keep positive

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 18, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    I Pray & Hope a Donor is found soon.

    " - Ivan

  • Oct 17, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying a donor is found soon for this gorgeous angel with such determined parents. " - Shaheed & Fathima

  • Oct 16, 2021 - R 3 000.00
  • "Sending our baby Mahi healing energies and love" - Kunaal and Mel

  • Oct 16, 2021 - USD $ 68.47
  • "Trusting in the Lord to heal you baby girl - Jeremiah 30:17 " - Vani Pullian

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Pray for a Donor to come forward. " - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Never lose faith in God, baby Mahi will definitely be given a new lease on life. My blessings and prayers go out to baby Mahi and her family. " - Tayleen Moodley

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "Get well soon baby Mahi" - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Prayers are with you" - Lenesh

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Wish you well little one" - Anonymous

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 100.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "

    Sending you hope and light, Baby Mahi will get through this!

    " - Kayalan Judhoo

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Get well baby girl

    " - D Rampursad

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Together all is possible

    " - Karimi. P

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "

    Aum Sai Ram

    " - Dhiren Sahadeo

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    God Bless you Mahi

    " - Reyna Sunker

  • Oct 15, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    My Blessings to Baby Mahi

    " - Rita

  • Oct 15, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Praying for a donor match and full recovery." - Kerissa Barrey

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Praying for your recovery Mahi baby." - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Our prayers are with you, get well soon." - Shamilla

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Good luck Mahi" - Yugeshnee

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "I hope all works out for you. " - Shimmi Singh

  • Oct 14, 2021 - USD $ 100.00
  • "Keep fighting baby Mahi … you have angels with you !" - Vash

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Thy will be done" - BV Naidoos

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "God bless you baby" - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Good luck and God Bless" - Rick

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Get well soon " - Akshay

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "gods angel ........" - JAYSHREE RAGHOONUNDAN

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Sending you lots of love" - Bhavesh

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Phillipians 4.19 And my God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory in Christ Jesus.’" - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Please Help Baby Mahi." - Anonymous

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Prayers with you for a speedy recovery dear Mahi" - Shireen Singh

  • Oct 14, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you Mahi" - Meerasha

  • Oct 13, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Love and light to you and your family " - Anonymous

  • Oct 13, 2021 - R 10 000.00
  • "Praying for a donor match. We love you our Mahi girl." - Preeyan, Nadine, Shivayan & Seyuren

  • Oct 13, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Anonymous

    " - Snapscan

  • Oct 11, 2021 - R 300.00
  • "I hope a donor is found soon. " - Joanne Ireland

  • Oct 09, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Praying for you little Mahi- Mishka " - Mishka

  • Oct 08, 2021 - R 3 500.00
  • "Wishing baby and family all the best" - Owen

  • Oct 07, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "

    Best Wishes and Cuddles for Little Mahi

    " - Seveta and Thakor

  • Oct 06, 2021 - R 700.00
  • "Praying for your speedy recovery baby mahi" - Shamil

  • Oct 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "In our prayers " - Kashen

  • Oct 06, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "

    Praying for her and that a donor is found soon

    " - Anonymous

  • Oct 06, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for your full and speedy recovery little Angel " - Sherwyn, Leanne and Lyyana

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Always in our prayers strong, beautiful Mahi. With God, all things are possible. We love you!" - Carla, Devan and Ella

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "Baby Mahi I pray that a donor be found soon ... stay strong baby girl ..." - Subashnee

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Praying for a miracle for you Mahi. You are a strong, amazing baby. God has you in the palm of His hand. You will overcome" - Navona and Deshen

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "We love you Mahi. Praying for you always." - Aimee & Titus

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "sending love and light always " - Avi & Lehan

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "All the love and light to Baby Mahi" - Aarthi Sewpersad

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 2 000.00
  • "Always in our prayers Mahi. " - Roy N Beena nana/ni

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 1 000.00
  • "We love you very much Mahi and we are praying for the day that you get to come home for good. " - Mosie & Mosa

  • Oct 05, 2021 - USD $ 13.29
  • "Get Well Soon Mahi. We are praying for you. " - Marsha P

  • Oct 05, 2021 - USD $ 66.47
  • "For baby Mahi! Strong beautiful baby girl! " - Michelle

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "Mahi is always in my prayers. Hoping that a donor is found soon." - Uvendri

  • Oct 05, 2021 - R 500.00
  • "I am praying for Baby Mahi's speedy recovery. Lots of love little Angel" - Nazareen Ebrahim

  • Oct 04, 2021 - R 50.00
  • "Baby Mahi" - Marike van Wyk

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Donations to date

R 73 311.38

Fundraising target

R 1 000 000.00

Funds raised offline

R 5 000.00
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The South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR) exists to help find matching bone marrow donors for critically ill South African children and adults who need a transplant but do not have a match within their own family. The only one of its kind in South Africa, the SABMR is committed to helping every patient referred to it. If there is no matching donor in South Africa, we take our search worldwide - “We search the world to find your perfect match”.