Family of local 1-year-old still searching for lifesaving bone marrow transplant

Posted at 10:57 AM, Apr 25, 2017

1-year-old Emilie Meza has thousands of people ready to help her get a bone marrow transplant.

Nearly a dozen drives were held in the Tampa Bay area, some of which even attracted people from around the world, and more than 7,500 people signed up through "Be The Match."

While those kits will undoubtedly help so many people, not one of them was the perfect match for the St. Petersburg toddler.

As of April 30, 2017, her doctors will no longer be looking at the registry for her 100-percent match. She has to have her transplant in the beginning of June. If she doesn't find the 100-percent match by the end of April, her dad, who is only a 50-percent match will donate. It takes about a month to prep the donor and Emilie for the transplant.

They will know within three weeks if the transplant worked, according to a family friend. If not, they will do an emergency transplant from her mom, Roxie Meza.

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Emilie is at Johns Hopkins All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg where she celebrated her birthday this month.

"We have good days. We have bad days," Roxie said.

Roxie said she spends most of her time at the hospital.

"It's very hard because sometimes there's nothing you can do. There's nothing you can do and Emilie is so little. She can't tell me what she's feeling. She can't tell me mom my bones hurt," Roxie Meza said.

Roxie Meza said doctors diagnosed her daughter with cancer at nine months.

"As a mom you have to keep it together. You have to be strong all the time, but I don't want to be strong. I want to be home. I want to be home with my baby in her crib," Roxie Meza said.

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