Local girl battles rare blood disorder

(WXYZ) - A little girl from Southfield is in and out of the hospital every two months where doctors at the University of Michigan are working to rebuild her immune system.

It's been weakened by a rare blood disorder. One that can kill you without a medical treatment that is often hard to come by.

At five years of age with two ponytails and a crown perfect for a princess, life should have been carefree for Mychaela Lovelace, instead she's sitting in a hospital bed with an uncertain future.

"She was a healthy child until she came down with the bruises on her legs the red dots," said Mychaela's mother.

One doctor mistakenly called it a rash, but then her pediatrician did a blood test and told her mom she needed to be rushed to the hospital.

That's where doctors told her she had a rare blood disorder that attacks your bone marrow. 

Mychaela went through 12 blood transfusions, but then doctors decided she desperately needed a bone marrow transplant.. So she went on the national registry where African American donors are scarce.

Then after a year, a perfect match was discovered and preparation for transplant was difficult.

Mychaela credits her family, her pastor Bishop Ellis from Greater Grace plus another secret weapon for her strength: her favorite artist, Marvin Sapp. 

Mychaela got that bone marrow transplant at the age of 6, she's now 10 and on her way to 6th grade. She's still in and out of the hospital every two months to check her immune system.

All the while, she hasn't stopped singing her favorite song of inspiration. She also sang it this past weekend when she met her donor at a Be the Match Walk in Shelby Township.


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