Last fall she was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia.
12 potential bone marrow matches were found last Christmas, but six were ruled out for medical reasons.
The other six refused to donate, to the shock of Nalini’s family. Seven months later, another match was found and a transplant is expected to take place soon.
According to the Post, in some Asian communities, giving away blood and organs is bad luck.
This reluctance to donate is stronger in minority communities than among whites, concluded a recent study.
You can read more about the importance of finding Asian American donors and the struggle to find them in the Washington Post.