Bone marrow for Maci: Thousands apply, multiple matches identified


13-month-old Maci Hyman’s family is sharing the heartwarming update in their search for a bone marrow donor that could save her life. 

As 7News first reported in Feb., Maci’s family called on the community to get tested, after Maci was diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening syndrome. 

7News is thrilled to report Carolina’s Family delivered. 

After the story aired on 7News 1,332 people joined the bone marrow for Maci search. A spokesperson for Be The Match says they were flooded with requests for test kits. 

“Friends and family that’s what I was expecting would be praying and supporting us,” said Hailie Hyman, Maci’s mom. “Not all of Greenville County. People in other states, across the country, people in California!” 

Hailie tells 7News after weeks of waiting to hear if a match was found among the submissions, her prayers were more than answered. 

“You have better chances of it being successful if it’s a 10 out of 10. So, the fact that we found multiple 10 out of 10’s, makes me feel like she’s got this.” Hailie said. 

In January, at Maci’s one-year check-up, a blood test revealed her platelets were alarmingly low. After weeks of testing, doctors diagnosed Maci with MDS, or Myelodysplastic Syndrome, a rare and life-threatening syndrome. 

MDS is a group of diseases that affect the blood and bone marrow. 

According to Be The Match a bone marrow transplant can help treat MDS or cure it completely in some patients. 

“It could do that,” Hailie told 7News. “It could not work at all.” 

Now that they have a donor, Maci and her parents feel encouraged as they prepare for the transplant.

“There are major risks for the transplant. She will have no immune system at all,” she said. “So the slightest Cold could put her in the hospital to the point where it could be life-threatening.” 

While this mother doesn’t know what the future holds for her daughter, she says hope give her the strength to continue on this journey. 

“It will work and she will be healed from it,” Hailie told 7News.

According to Amy Schatz, of Be The Match, those who signed up for the bone marrow registry will be on the registry until their 61st birthday. Schatz says they could continue to become matches for people for years to come.

Maci and her parents will head to the Medical University of South Carolina in the next couple of weeks for the transplant consultation. 

A GoFundMe has been started to help out Maci’s family with medical expenses. To donate click here. 

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