Ethiopian-Canadian mother seeks urgent marrow donation

By Edris Redi
  • Elsa Nega needs a life-saving marrow donor

  • Young adults, ages 18-35, of African descent needed as donors


Addis Ababa, Ethiopia 19 June, 2017 (IMC) - An Ethiopian-Canadian mother of two is pleading for a matching marrow donation from individuals of Ethiopian ancestry  for a transplantation that could save her life.  


Elsa Nega is an Ethiopian-Canadian mother of two who was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia – a life-threatening disease, according to Be The Match, a donor-recipient registry organisation that is trying to help her.


“A marrow transplant is her best chance for recovery. Because Elsa is Ethiopian, her chances of finding a donor on the Be The Match Registry are rare,” reads email message a Be The Match representative sent to Ifriqiyah Media and Communication. “We are appealing worldwide for Africans to join the registry to help save Elsa and so many others like her”.


The organisation is hoping that donor can take action by joining the Be The Match Registry as potential marrow donors at

“Specifically, there is a great need for young adults, ages 18-35, of African descent. The younger a person is, the healthier their marrow is, which means more possible matches for patients like Elsa,” they stated.


Elsa’s husband, Dr. Ronald Lett, is willing to share his wife’s story and their efforts to find a donor, according to Be The Match.


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