- Associated Press - Friday, August 13, 2010

NEW YORK (AP) - An 11-year-old girl who played young Nala in “The Lion King” on Broadway is getting a potentially lifesaving procedure.

Shannon Tavarez has leukemia and will get an umbilical-cord blood transplant Tuesday. The blood-producing stem cells used in transplants can come from cord blood, bone marrow or blood.

Her mother, Odiney Brown, says she’s praying it will work.

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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Information from: Daily News, https://www.nydailynews.com

(This version CORRECTS headline to say transplant, not surgery. )


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