She Just Wanted To Help Her Brother In Any Way Possible.
In Elgin, Illinois, a five-year-old girl named Charlotte, or “Charlie” for short, selflessly offered to donate her stem cells to help fight her twin brother’s leukemia.
“What Charlie did for her brother and my wife and I was nothing short of amazing. For us to be fortunate enough for Bradley to have a twin sister who’s a perfect match; we were speechless. Not everyone is so lucky. We were almost at a loss for words as to how emotional it was,” said Charlie’s dad, Brian Godish.
During the fall of 2014, Bradley Godish was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. Then, during January this year, their parents approached Charlie and asked her if she would feel comfortable donating her cells to Bradley. Her response, “yeah, just let me know when you need me,” was more than they could ask for.
On February 17, the surgery was performed at the Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Currently, Bradley’s cancer is in remission and he began kindergarten with his sister not long ago, making it more convenient for their parents to speak about it now.
The twins’ transplant physician, named Dr. Jennifer Schneiderman, stated that the surgery went just as planned. Both Charlie and her parents were tested to see if they could be matches for Bradley, and Charlie just so happened to be the one. So, with the aid of general anesthesia, the marrow was extracted and the only side effect afterward is temporary soreness. Otherwise, Charlie is just fine.
“She never complained of pain, which ‘til this day amazes me. She had a huge bandage on her back and she didn’t want to take it off. It was sort of a badge of honor to show she helped Bradley. She was so proud,” recalled Brian.
We pray that Charlie’s donation to her brother will heal him from cancer and that the both of them will make a full recovery. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Article: Yahoo! News