We had decided that the chances of him mataching were slim. I had pretty much given up. After waiting another 2 weeks for his test results... we had a match! The interesting thing about all this is that my two youngest children match each other, 2 of my daughters match each other and Kristen and Rick are a match. Hopefully we will never need it but it is comforting to know that everyone has a match. Rick is excited to help Kristen. We learned a little about the procedure, they will put Rick to sleep and take several vials of bone marrow from his hip bones. He will be uncomfortable for a few days. The marrow will be put into Kristen's blood stream through her central line. Before the transplant takes place, Kristen will receive intense chemo-therapy for 5 days to kill off all her marrow before replacing it with her brothers. We have been warned of the many side effects that will come with it. For some reason bone marrow transplants seem to be more toxic for children with down syndrome. I know the preparations for the transplant and the days following will be difficult for Kristen. I have to remind myself often that Kristen is a fighter. She has already come a long way and proven many times that miracles do happen.
Kristen and her brother Rick last Valentine's Day