Fund Established to Help Bay Springs Youth

A package that could save the life of a Jasper County boy was expected to arrive early Thursday in Mississippi.

Seth Harris is a 12-year-old seventh grader from Bay Springs. He is now battling leukemia. Currently he's hospitalized in critical condition at the Blair E. Batson Children's Hospital in Jackson.

This week an urgent plea was issued for an experimental drug that doctors said could be Seth's last hope. After being turned down by a number of hospitals for help, the Harris family's prayers were answered Wednesday when the Italian manufacturer of the drug agreed to ship the medication to Seth.

"I know it's not an FDA-approved drug but in a situation like this it is a matter of life and death and it could be a 50/50 chance that it could save someone's life. I can't see why all the red tape to get the drug to that child as soon as possible."

The name of the experimental drug is defibrotide.

Donations for Seth Harris may be made to the Magnolia State Hope Fund. Donations are tax-deductible.

Donations may be made to:
Magnolia State Hope Fund
C/O Magnolia State Bank
Post Office Box 508
Bay Springs, MS 39422

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