Information and advice for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia

Welcome to MarrowKidz from The Aplastic Anaemia Trust. Here you can find resources for children and young people affected by aplastic anaemia - and for their families, friends and support networks. Select your age range above to browse information relevant to you.

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This factsheet is for children who need to have a stem cell transplant as part of their treatment for aplastic anaemia.

What is a stem cell transplant?

If you have aplastic anaemia, you might be given something called a stem cell transplant to help make you feel better.

Your bone marrow is the spongy part inside your big bones where stem cells are made. These stem cells turn into all the blood cells your body needs to keep you healthy. In aplastic anaemia, bone marrow doesn’t make enough of these stem cells, so you might need something called a stem cell transplant. This is where healthy stem cells from a kind person (a ‘donor’) are placed into your blood. These healthy cells make their way to your bone marrow and start to make new stem cells. These stem cells will then grow into blood cells.

What’s in this factsheet?

This factsheet tells you a bit more about how a stem cell transplant can help you. It explains what happens before you have one, how it is done, and what happens afterwards to help you get back to normal.

You can view or download the factsheet as a PDF here: 

Stem cell transplant (age group 5-11)

Or order it as a printed booklet here