Help Emma Routh; Bone Marrow Transplant Needed

Three year old Emma Mae Routh was full of energy today but we didn't know she sleeps 12 to 16 hours a day, has bruises all over her body, and is trying to fight getting a life threatening illness.

"About a year ago we started noticing that she completely stopped growing and her CBC's which are your blood counts, started getting lower and lower," said Brandy Routh, Emma's Mother.

It took nearly a year to find out Emma has Falconies Anemia.

"It is short circuited the part of her brain that regulates her growth. So she won't grow anymore without growth injections. But the main problem we are having right now is she is not producing blood. Her bone marrow is shutting down," said Brandy.

And without a bone marrow transplant within the next year, Emma runs a big risk of getting leukemia.

"If you don't get your match before a certain point you can't get it," said Brandy.

But finding that match so far has been extremely difficult. Right now, there is not a suitable donor in the whole National Database for transplant donors.

"They've told me what I'm looking for Emma particularly is a female, petite, blond or brunette, brown or blue eyes," said Brandy, "Blood type doesn't matter because she will adapt to the donor."

Emma's blood flow is diminishing, exhasted even further by having to make frequent trips to a Dallas hospital.

Emma is not alone in her search 11 children within 100 miles of Tyler all need bone marrow.

"It's heartwrenching to see a child that needs bone marrow and they can't get it and then they get into leukemia. It's 24% death rate when you get leukemia," said Brandy.

A plea for help that this mother is praying someone will answer.

"I can't just sit down and wait," said Brandy.

There are many ways you can help. Two tissue typing drives have been set up where you can get tested to see if you are a match.

Saturday August 16th at Green Acres Baptist Church in Tyler from 12-4pm, sponsored by 'Because We Care' is providing the financing for the tests, so it is FREE for you.

The following Saturday August 23rd at Dogwood Hills Baptist Church in Palestine from 12-6pm. The Palestine drive will also have a bake sale, silent auction, and much more.

The family has set up a benefit fund for Emma Routh at First State Bank (Palestine, Noonday, or any location). Businesses can recieve forms so donations are tax deductable.

For more information you can contact Brandi Routh (903) 549-3125.

Danielle Capper, Reporting