Bone Marrow Transplant saves Kennewick Toddler, need more donors
RICHLAND, Wash., -- a Kennewick toddler is alive today thanks to a bone marrow donor from across the world. Maddie Coats was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia when she was only two months old. She stopped responding to chemo and her family was told she wasn't going to make it. At ten months old she found a bone marrow donor and today 37 people joined the national bone marrow registry at the Columbia Community Church in Richland.
Her grandmother, Becki Coats was working inside, helping people register. "She has now survived two years of being post transplant bone marrow, and at two years because her donor was out of the country. We found out he was from Germany. that's why its so important people get on the national bone marrow registry," says Coats.
Finding a donor is very rare, like winning the lottery and the test is quick, involves getting a swab in your mouth. There are 14 million people on the registry world wide. Wal-mart is helping people join the bone marrow registry for free. If you are interested, click here.