I was pregnant with my third child when we found out my first born would need a bone marrow transplant. The search for a donor began. We learned that an eligible donor was found within one week. A woman in her twenties.
Even though we knew a sibling only had a 25% chance of being a match, since I was pregnant, we decided to wait until the baby was born. We were thrilled when we learned the baby matched 100%.
The transplant was a success; however the thought that a complete stranger was willing to help save my son’s life if things didn’t work out the way they did amazed me.
We knew that it was only a slim chance that our children would share the same HLA typing, and most in need of a transplant do not have the same opportunity.
While my son was in his hospital room preparing for transplant, I contacted the marrow registry about joining. It was simple to join online and through the mail, and I will be honored if I am some day contacted to help save a life.