A Russian mother has made a call for blood donations for her 10-year-old son receiving treatment in Turkey’s metropolitan Istanbul.

Christine Balabanov’s son Saba was diagnosed with a rare blood disease last May, caused by Epstein-Barr virus that triggered genetic disorder called XPL.

Saba’s disease was discovered while the family was in Georgia over the summer. Catching the flu, Saba also suffered swellings on his neck, Balabanov told Anadolu Agency.

Doctors in Georgia first diagnosed the disease and recommended the family go to Turkey for further treatment, she added. Before the trip, Saba Balabanov had been under intensive care

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