Jasmina Anema – the spunky 6-year-old New York City girl who captured Rihanna’s heart – received a potentially life-saving bone marrow transplant Thursday, less than five months after finding out she had a rare and deadly form of leukemia.
“It’s done!” Jasmina’s mother, Thea Anema, tearfully exclaimed moments after the transplant – a transfusion of healthy stem cells into her tiny body – at New York City’s Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Center.
With Jasmina still sleeping, Thea told PEOPLE from her hospital room, “I’m overwhelmed with so many emotions right now! For months, I’ve been so scared and anxious and full of uncertainty. And now it’s finally happened. It’s an overwhelming relief. I am incredibly grateful to the donor who gave Jasmina a second chance at life.”
Rihanna, who rallied thousands of people to register as potential donors in February on PEOPLE.com, says she is thrilled and touched that Jasmina finally found a match. “I love this little girl and I am so happy that Jasmina received her transplant today. Miracles do happen. I hope more people sign up as bone marrow donors with DKMS so we can save more lives like hers. Jasmina remains in my prayers for a fast recovery,” Rihanna told PEOPLE exclusively after hearing the transplant news Thursday night.