Saturday, July 4, 2009

Six-Year-Old Rihanna Fan Receives Bone Marrow Transplant

(New York, NY) -- A Harlem girl whose life-or-death battle with cancer captured the heart of singer Rihanna is getting a new chance at life.

Six-year-old Jasmina Anema is recovering after undergoing a two-hour bone marrow transplant at a New York City hospital yesterday.

Jasmina was diagnosed in January with a rare and especially deadly form of leukemia.

In April, Rihanna paid a special visit to the little girl, who is one of the singer's biggest fans.

Jasmina's story inspired Rihanna and other celebrities to team up with the organ donation registry DKMS to find her a bone marrow donor.

They finally got their wish when more than seven-thousand people turned out to a massive bone marrow drive organized by DKMS last month.

The six-year-old's bone marrow drive also found matches for six others in need of the life-saving medical procedure.

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