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Ayelet Galena, Baby With Rare Bone Marrow Syndrome, Needs Transplant

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Ayelet Galena - Photo: Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

Ayelet Galena – Photo: Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation

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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) - A baby on the Upper West Side needs your help to stay alive.

She’s a very happy baby, but is also very sick.

When Ayelet Galena was born 15 months ago, she weighed 2 pounds 9 ounces.

From the beginning, she had a compromised immune system.

WCBS 880’s Peter Haskell speaks with the Ayelet’s mother

“You know, every time she gets a cold, I wonder ‘Is this going to be the pneumonia that, you know, she won’t be able to fight off?’,” her mother Hindy Poupko told WCBS 880 reporter Peter Haskell.

Poupko says they recently received a devastating diagnosis.

“Two weeks ago, we learned that she has a very rare bone marrow failure syndrome,” says Poupko.

That means she needs a bone marrow transplant and her parents are looking for a match.

“Every day is a risk because her immune system is basically running at 50 percent,” says Poupko.

To find out how you can get tested or just donate to the cause, visit the Gift of Life Bone Marrow Foundation by clicking HERE.

A bone marrow drive is also being held this weekend at Yeshiva University, Belfer Hall, Weissberg Commons, 2945 Amsterdam Ave, New York, NY. That is Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Sound off about Ayelet Galena’s battle for survival in our comments section.

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