Sibling bone marrow transplant goes well

ccope@thestate.comDecember 18, 2013 

FILE CUTLINE:Jayden Watts is suffering from leukemia and his sister, Caroline is a perfect match to donate bone marrow. In December, the procedure will be done. His parents, Joseph and Chelsea Watts, call Caroline a hero.

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A week before Christmas, 6-year-old Jayden Watts got a special gift from his little sister – her bone marrow.

Jayden has leukemia and his 3-year-old sister Caroline’s bone marrow could save his life.

Caroline had sore hips after Tuesday’s surgery, where they removed some of her bone marrow. But the cells were healthy and doctors at the Medical University of South Carolina got more bone marrow than they thought they would, said Chelsey Watts, Jayden and Caroline’s mom.

The process took a couple of hours, and Chelsey Watts said it was like a blood transfusion. She said the day went well and it will take between 14 and 30 days to see if Jayden’s body will accept Caroline’s bone marrow, she said.

Jayden’s grandmother, Cissy Berry, did not go to MUSC because she said she had a cold and wanted to keep her germs away, but she stayed updated on the process.

After the surgery Jayden wanted Bojangles’ chicken and a red Coke, two of his favorite things, Berry said.

The family will spend the next 100 days in the hospital including Christmas.

Christmas will be one of the worst days for Jayden because the chemotherapy and radiation will catch up with him, Chelsey Watts said.

But if Caroline’s bone marrow saves her brother’s life, then missing Christmas, Chelsey Watts said, will be “definitely worth it.”

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