There is a cord blood match that was found for Qavah. Given her heritage, it was like looking for a needle in a haystack. The doctor told us today in a conference call that it wasn't an identical match, but it was close enough that we are going to continue on this path. Our next step is to take her to the hospital where the transplant will take place, and she will have a complete physical and blood study. If she is found to be healthy enough to proceed, we will come to the place where a decision has to be made.
There were other close matches, but this one in particular, which is cord blood, is already collected and stored in a blood bank. When we finished our conversation with the doctor, Qavah wanted to know what he said. When we told her that there was a match, she jumped up and down with joy. She stated to Annelise the reason for her happiness. "If I get this new transplant blood, I won't have to go to the hospital for a bag of blood all the time!" She understands why we are pursuing this for her, and seems to be happy enough about it to tell a friend. For now, she doesn't seem to be aware of the risks, so her joy is not diminished by fears.
Our times are in God's hands, Ps 31:15, and we don't know what He will require of us. We need His help to guide us, to show us the way, and do as Qavah does; focus on the joy and not the fear.