Young "Lion King" Thespian Gets Blood Transplant
FILE - In this July 15, 2010 file photo, Shannon Tavarez relaxes in her room in the Queens Borough of New York. The 11-year-old actress who suffers from leukemia is recovering after receiving an umbilical-cord blood transplant in a New York hospital, Tuesday, Aug. 17, 2010. The treatment was performed in place of a bone marrow transplant because a suitable donor couldn't be found. Shannon had played a young Nala in "The Lion King" on Broadway.
Updated at 8:45 PM CDT on Tuesday, Aug 17, 2010
An 11-year-old girl with leukemia who played young Nala in "The Lion King" on Broadway has undergone a potentially lifesaving procedure in New York.
Shannon Tavarez received an umbilical-cord blood transplant Tuesday at Cohen Children's Medical Center in New Hyde Park, on Long Island.
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The procedure was performed as an alternative to a bone marrow transplant. Her doctor said they were unable to find a perfect bone marrow match for Shannon.
A family friend says Shannon will remain in the hospital under observation while physicians ensure that her body does not reject the blood transplant.
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The actress was forced to quit the show in April. Cast members held a bone marrow donor registration drive for her last month.
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Published at 8:37 PM CDT on Aug 17, 2010
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