Gift of Life At Christmas

Brotherly love goes beyond playing with toys for nine year old Enrique Ramos-American Horse. He provided bone marrow that will help his younger brother Alex beat leukemia.

Alex said, “I got better. I love him.”

Five year old Alex received the bone marrow transplant in November at the Nebraska Medical Center. The procedure requires the donor have the same genetic typing as the recipient. Enrique said, “My blood was matched to his.”

Brothers and sisters have the highest chance for a good match, usually about a 25 percent chance.

The boy’s parents had to approve the transplant between sons that are nine and five years old. Josephine Ramos-American Horse said, “When it came time for the transplant I was scared because I didn’t know what was going to happen.”

The brothers are fine and Alex has been released from the hospital but won’t being going home to York, Nebraska just yet.

The five year old still must spend another month at the Lied Transplant Center on the Nebraska Medical Center campus where his recovery can be monitored.

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