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.
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.
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.
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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