A woman with a rare blood disorder is in search of her estranged biological father who may provide her with a life-saving transplant if he donates his bone marrow.
Sarah Langdale, 32, who lives in the UK town of Rugby, was diagnosed with severe aplastic anemia at the age of two.
This disease occurs when the body stops making enough new blood cells. Patients with this condition are often tired and more prone to infections and uncontrolled bleeding.
Aplastic anemia can develop at any age and can be short-lived or chronic. The condition can be mild or severe and in some cases can be fatal. Treatments range from medications to blood transfusions and bone marrow transplants.
Langdale told the local news agency the Northampton Chronicle and Echo last year that her condition used to be manageable, but has deteriorated significantly in the past two years.
She was also diagnosed with vulvar cancer at the age of 25 and is currently being treated.
“I get blood transfusions every three weeks and platelets every three weeks. At some point I started to lose my color and energy and there is nothing I can do,” she said echo. “Yes, I have arms and legs, I can function, but when the time comes I feel sluggish.”
Langdale suffers from extreme fatigue, palpitations, headaches, nausea and has a weakened immune system, the SWNS news agency reported. Whenever she cuts herself, she bleeds for a long time, and small bumps cause significant bruising on her body.
Doctors have told her that she urgently needs a bone marrow transplant before her condition worsens.
Langdale’s mother and one of her siblings each have 50 perfect bone marrow matches. But the 32-year-old hopes to find a better match with her father or her half-siblings.
But Langdale never met her father and the only thing she knows about him is that he lived near her childhood home in the city of Northampton, and presumably still lives there. Her mother doesn’t know anything about him either.
“I’m looking for my father, it could potentially save my life,” Langdale said echo. “I really need my father to get in touch. I’ve looked hard for him. I thought I might try.” Chronicle & Echo because he’s supposed to live in Northampton so why not put the story out here. “
“It would mean a hell of a lot to find my father. I could try to get answers about my bone marrow, I could try to find out if he’s still alive, my ethnicity, and my background. There are many puzzles to be solved. I don’t know how he looks, I don’t know what color his eyes are, I don’t know anything. “
If Langdale can’t find her birth father or if he doesn’t get in touch, she has to take new drugs that could damage her liver. If the drug doesn’t work, she may need to use bone marrow donated from her mother or siblings.
“Looking after your father is quite a challenge and very emotional if it could save your life,” Langdale told SWNS.
“It’s very difficult and overwhelming. I will die without the transplant, but I know next to nothing about my father and I rely on someone to see my story and provide information. I can only live in hope.”