A Southern Californian mom battling an aggressive form of leukaemia received the greatest Christmas gift of all when she found her perfect donor match just in time to give birth to her twins.
Susie Rabaca, 36, against all odds, welcomed a baby girl and boy into the world on Thursday.
She named the pair Rainy and Ryan—aren’t they adorable?
Just a few months into the pregnancy, Susie—who was already a mom of three—was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. She didn’t know what was going to happen to her babies.
Susie almost lost hope when doctors told her she wouldn’t live unless she found a perfect bone marrow donor match for a transplant.
Nobody in her family were a match, and there were no matches found on the worldwide registry which at the time had 30 million registered donors.
But Susie and her family didn’t give up!
In a desperate bid to find Susie a donor match, they shared her heartbreaking story online which went viral.
And a whopping 50,000 people signed up to the National Marrow Donor Program in response—with one being a perfect match!
One in a million—even her sister was only a 50% match!
Susie called it a Christmas miracle.
Thanking her good Samaritan, Susie said, “If they’re out there and they see any of this, thank you from the bottom of my heart.
You’re giving me my Christmas miracle, you’re giving me my life, my future with my kids.”
She also took to Facebook to thank everyone who had supported her along her tough journey.
“With tears running down my face and my heart full of hope I want to say THANK YOU LORD! And thank you from the bottom of my heart to every single person that has said even 1 prayer for me and my family!
“Thank you to my family, friends, people around the country that I don’t even know that have shown support and especially that have signed up for BE THE MATCH!!!!!
“Journey isn’t over but a huge step forward!!! Thankful for you all lots of love! Keep Praying thank you!!!! Love, Susie and Twins,” she wrote.
What a beautiful story. We hope mama and her baby twins are doing well!