After battling with a rare and serious disease, little boy meets the bone marrow donor who saved his life.
The life of an 8 year old has been saved by a complete stranger living across the other side of the world.
Grant Berg of 8 years old, needed urgently a bone marrow transplant and after long and difficult searches, he finally found the one person that was going to save his life.A college student of just 18 years old from Germany saved him in 2011, explained the mother of Grant, Kristi Berg.
Years after the event, the 8 year old was going to meet his savior, as a few days ago Grant and the German student have met for the very first time at the airport from Los Angeles.
Grant’s donor told the press that he has imagined this happening so many times and finally it has become reality.He felt amazing and an overwhelming feeling took control of his body, said Zumkley the bone marrow donor who is currently 22 years old.
Almost two years before going trough the transplant, Grant was given the diagnostic of aplastic anemia, a very rare and serious disease that stops the bone marrow from creating new blood cells.
These blood cells include white blood cells which protect the body against infections, red blood cells which participate in the oxygen flow and some cells called platelets which help blood to coagulate and stop the bleeding, explained meedical experts. Apart from suffering from this rare disease, Grant was not born with a full cerebellum, but only part of it.
Medical experts don’t know for sure yet what causes this disease to appear and only between 600 to 900 people get this diagnostic on a yearly basis.
Doctors told Grants mother that her son’s disease needed to be treated. At the beginning Grant was put on blood transfusions every week, for a year and a half, his life depended on the blood of other people. He has had so many, that even his mother has lost the count of them.
But eventually, all that was put an end to, as Grant found his bone marrow donor that would completely transform his life, stated his mother.
The 8 year old stayed up all night as he was too anxious to meet Zumkley, his donor. Now the two are planning to spend some quality time together, get to know each other, visit California and make a trip to Disneyland, Grant’s mother added.
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