Our beloved donors, yesterday Joy’s iron levels were tested and results are in! The new count is 11,450; a reduction of about 1,000 ng/dl from 6 months ago when her iron level was 12,500.
Of the 6 months since Joy’s last testing, there was about 1 month where Joy was unable to take the medicine due to complications with her sickness. If she stays well this time and doesn’t need to stop the medicine again then perhaps we can see a slightly better rate of reduction at her next testing. The doctor will test every 3 months from now to see how well she progresses.
Getting under 2,500 ng/dl is vital because statistically the survival rate goes up for Thalassemia patients once they cross that threshold. At the rate of 1,000 ng/dl reduction every 6 months, we are looking at about 4.5 years to get here there. We still hope to afford adding the injectable iron chelator to her treatment and reduce the iron toxicity as low and soon as is possible. Joy is extremely grateful for the donations she has received to date and continues to hope that we can reach our funding goal. Please keep Joy in mind and share her story, we have faith that success is in our hands!
Thank you to each and every one of you, we’ll be sure to keep you posted with future updates :)