5 Year Old Gets Bone Marrow Transplant, Reunion with Donor Brother
April 18, 2013
OAKLAND, Calif. (KTVU) — A 5-year-old boy adopted from Vietnam received a life-saving transplant at Oakland Children's Hospital Thursday and his family is hoping his story will inspire the public to help save more lives.
Colin McFadden and his family have spent most of his life in and out of hospital rooms, but on Thursday they hope that will change.
"Colin has severe aplastic anemia, which is a disorder where his immune system has mistakenly begun to attack his own blood cells," said Dr. Mark Walters, of Oakland Children's Hospital.
Asian bone marrow donors can be nearly impossible to find. Luckily, his parents had kept in touch with Colin's birth family in Vietnam.
His 26-year-old brother Tho, who turned out to be a perfect match, agreed to leave his own family and fly here from Vietnam for the transplant.
"We are extremely, extremely lucky and thankful for what Tho has done for us," said John McFadden, Colin's father.