Ropes & Gray partner launches urgent bone marrow donor appeal to save 5-year-old daughter battling leukaemia

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Kaiya’s best hope is an immediate bone marrow transplant

Image credit: Facebook (@Be Kaiya’s Donor)

A lawyer has launched an urgent appeal on behalf of his five-year-old daughter after she was diagnosed with a rare form of leukaemia earlier this year.

Ruchit Patel, a partner in Ropes & Gray’s London office, is campaigning for people to consider registering with DKMS, a charity dedicated to fighting blood cancer, in the hope of finding a bone marrow donor for his daughter.

Patel and his wife, Annu, reached out to a friend who is a doctor after noticing bruises on Kaiya’s legs in late March. Having examined her, the friend advised they attend their local A&E where eventually Kaiya was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia.

Patel, who has set up Facebook and Twitter pages to try to find a donor, told Legal Cheek:

“Please do consider registering on a bone marrow database. It is a costless way to help children with cancer and to save a life.”

Since her diagnosis, Kaiya has spent four weeks at London’s Great Ormond Street Hospital, undergoing chemotherapy treatment and taking a cocktail of strong drugs. Doctors have now warned she needs a bone marrow transplant urgently in order to survive, and due to her ethnicity has just a 20.5% chance of finding a match.

Image credit: Facebook (@Be Kaiya’s Donor). Kaiya (right), pictured with her mother Annu, sister Annika and father Ruchit

The lawyer’s appeal, so far, has generated over 6,000 new sign-ups to the register and has been shared on social media by celebrities including Ricky Gervais and Sanjeev Bhaskar. Unfortunately, despite the overwhelming response, a suitable donor has yet to be found.

Register with DKMS and check your eligibility.

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My thoughts and prayers go out to Mr Patel and his family during this time.



Ruchit is one of the best lawyers I have ever had the good fortune to work with.

This is a dreadful thing to happen, and I hope something is found to help her.



I have just registered. It took a couple of minutes. Come on everyone, there really is no reason not to.


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