Ore. infant suffers from immunodeficiency syndrome

EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — A Eugene infant who suffers from a rare illness that prevents her body from fighting infections requires a bone-marrow transplant.

KEZI-TV reports (http://bit.ly/1bXQEud ) 5-month-old Harlow Grace Powers suffers from an immunodeficiency syndrome. Her family learned of the diagnosis in early December.

A bone-marrow testing drive is scheduled in southern Oregon, where potential donors will receive a cheek swab to check for matching DNA.

A national registry for potential matches, called Be The Match, says 75 percent of donors will only need to undergo a non-surgical procedure similar to donating blood.

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