Young ‘Lion King’ actress getting crucial transplant

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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 on Tuesday. The blood-producing stem cells used in transplants can come from cord blood, bone marrow or blood.

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SHANNON TAVAREZ

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.

The bone marrow registry DKMS held another drive for Shannon on Sunday at 50 Cent’s community garden in Queens. The rapper has made a video in her honor.

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