We will always remember Ellie for her love for others, her creativity, sensitivity, and delight in life! Ellie's light has spread far and wide... may it continue to shine in our hearts.

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Bone Marrow Results

We did hear from the Doctor's office this morning regarding Ellie's bone marrow test. There is still disease present in Ellie's bone marrow, so there will be no harvest this time. As much as I am sorry that the bone marrow is not clean, I must admit that we are relieved that she won't have to go through harvest and surgery in close succession. Tomorrow we go in for blood work to see where her counts are. We should know tomorrow how close we are to starting round five. Thanks again for praying, and we will let you know what happens next!


At 10:29 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

can bone marrow be donated? If so, what are the requirements?

At 9:21 PM, Anonymous Sarah said...

That is a good question. Technically, yes, bone marrow can be donated...but it is not usually done. The most likely matches are blood relatives, often siblings. But even if there is a match, the bone marrow can be rejected after transplant. It is dangerous to put the child in such a position beacause the high dosages of chemo given just before transplant will absolutely kill the child if the transplant is not done successfully. At least, this is our understanding of it.


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