As she steps into the role as this year’s Champion Child, 13-year-old Torrie Schaffer of Balcarres is ready to share her story after being diagnosed with a rare blood disease at just nine years old.
In 2016, two weeks before her shocking diagnosis, Torrie started to notice some unusual symptoms. She was admitted to hospital in Regina with a low platelet count, and soon after had no platelet count at all. The provincial Pediatric Transport Team airlifted her to Saskatoon’s Pediatric Intensive Care Unit and Torrie was soon diagnosed with Thrombotic Thrombocytopenic Purpura (TTP) Autoimmune Blood Disease, which can be fatal if not treated right away.
The treatment for Torrie’s rare blood disease was a special piece of equipment, which was thankfully purchased just six months before her diagnosis with funding from Jim Pattison Children’s Hospital Foundation. Torrie was the very first child in Saskatchewan to be treated with the new Pheresis machine.
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