Adelaide mum is given three months to live unless she receives urgent transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia at 38-weeks pregnant
- Alejandra Morales needs bone-marrow transplant
- Diagnosed at 38-weeks pregnant with leukemia
- Medical bills expected to reach up to $1million
A new mum who was diagnosed with leukemia at 38-weeks pregnant has been given three months to live unless she receives an urgent transplant.
Adelaide woman Alejandra Morales, 32, was pregnant with her first child when doctors discovered her lymph nodes were inflamed.
Doctors diagnosed Ms Morales with leukemia and told her that she had to give birth to her daughter early to begin treatment.
In May, she and her husband Edwin Camacho Cuervo welcomed their little girl Mariangel, with Ms Morales put on chemotherapy immediately after giving birth.
‘I didn’t understand what they were talking about … they said ‘we’re 98 per cent sure you have leukaemia’,’ Ms Morales wrote on Facebook.
‘I couldn’t believe it, in my mind there was only my little baby, what would happen to her? I can’t die! It’s not fair! Why is this happening to me?’
The 32-year-old was diagnosed with acute adult T-cell leukemia lymphoma (ATLL) – an aggressive form of cancer, with patients given a survival rate of less than one year from diagnosis.
The cancer was found in Ms Morales’ blood, skin and lymph nodes, requiring her to undergo a bone marrow transplant in three months in order to survive.
Ms Morales, who is set to undergo another round of chemotherapy, explained her frustration in not being able to care for her baby.
‘Seeing new mothers with a normal life, with their newborn children and me in the hospital not being able to take care of my baby properly because the Tramadol and other pain control drugs did not allow me to be lucid was something frustrating,’ she wrote.
‘I started chemo with the most positive attitude … I lost my hair, part of my eyebrows and eyelashes but … I’m still standing giving it all of me.
‘Every pain I feel reminds me how beautiful life is.’
Ms Morales and her husband are now desperately pleading for help to raise money for the life-saving transplant.
The pair, who are originally from Colombia, moved to Australia on postgraduate visas in 2018 and have been working towards their Australian citizenships.
However, without citizenship the parents are not entitled to Medicare and face up to $1million in medical bills for both the treatment and surgery.
The couple’s friend, Joanna Komar, started a GoFundMe page to raise money for Ms Morales’ medical costs.
‘As they are still on post-graduate visa this treatment and surgery is going to cost up to $1,000,000,’ Ms Komar explained.
‘The amount that the family do not have. Their private insurance BUPA doesn’t cover costs related to the cancer treatment.
‘We urgently need your help to get Alejandra the help she needs. Any money raise will go directly to the family in order to cover the cost of ongoing medical bills and sustain life on one wage.
‘Lets get this beautiful family the help they need.’
At the time of writing, the fund has received 456 donations totalling $32,927 and has the goal of raising $200,000.
Ms Morales thanked her friend for starting the fund and said any donation would help.
‘No matter the amount, any amount will make a difference, or even more, spread this message… to the end,’ Ms Morales wrote.
‘Thank you very much… and God bless every step you take.’