Fatma was born in Oslo, Norway. At the time, doctors were unaware of her condition. Only five years later did they understand she was facing major health complications. Due to insufficient medical knowledge in her home town, Fatma's family traveled to London, Berlin, and Mumbai, before finally finding doctors who could help in New York City at Memorial Sloan Kettering. Fatma's treatment began immediately, with the miracle stem cell donor being her grandmother.
"I consider myself lucky to have made it this far, and I feel that I am now at a stage in life where I can dedicate more of my time to the Fanconi anemia community."