China's Red Cross launched the nation's biggest bone marrow donor drive yesterday as part of an urgent appeal to help save the life of six-year-old Kailee Wells. More than 60 reporters and cameramen gathered in Beijing to cover the campaign launch after reports of American mother Linda Wells' journey to find a genetic match for her adopted Chinese daughter first appeared in the South China Morning Post. Officials said they expected thousands of people 'touched by the love story' would come forward to be tested as part of the nationwide drive. The campaign is part of a desperate search by Mrs Wells to find a matching bone marrow donor for Kailee, who suffers aplastic anaemia and urgently needs a transplant to survive. Kailee's most likely chance of finding a donor is to locate the biological family who abandoned her as a 10-day-old baby at a college in Hunan province. During an emotional appeal to the people of China, Mrs Wells, 50, of New Mexico, said Kailee was a 'time bomb' who could die within hours or months. 'Kailee is stable, but not getting better. She is very vulnerable to more bleeding and to a fatal infection. For her to live, she must have a bone marrow transplant. If she has a biological brother or sister, they would have the best chance of matching her bone marrow. However, anyone could be a match,' she said. 'Any one of you could be the person who could save this little girl.' One member of the public who came forward yesterday as a possible donor, bank worker Gao Fengwen, 35, said: 'The American couple's acts are worthy of our respect. They have tried their best to save their child. 'There are many things that we can't do as we're not of the family, but we have to do the things that we can do.' From now on, donors can register at 31 Red Cross branches and 19 Hematopoietic Stem Cell Donor Programme Administration branches across China. The data will be collated in an effort to find a match for Kailee. Wu Qing, a China Central Television reporter who will follow Mrs Wells to Hunan province as she searches for Kailee's biological family, said she was touched by the story. 'Kailee is adopted by an American couple. And the family is willing to go all the way to China to help her,' Wu said. 'It is a great opportunity to bridge the gap between the two countries.'