in #CASE you missed it… Boy’s Life Saved By Two Bone Marrow Donors
A six-year-old boy with a rare combination of life-threatening cancers has been battling them and he’s getting some help from total strangers. Zeke Puig was diagnosed last year and has spent over 150 days in the hospital since last October, which is even tougher with coronavirus restrictions limiting him to one parent by his side and no visits from siblings. But this little fighter has also undergone two life-saving bone marrow transplants and his donors are complete strangers.
Zeke had his first bone marrow transplant in July and within days, his body started to reject the cells and his family was told he’d need a second life-saving treatment. The pool for donors is even smaller because of the pandemic, but another stranger who signed up with Be the Match's bone marrow registry was a perfect match and agreed to donate after hearing Zeke’s story.
He still has a long way to go, but for now Zeke is healthier and his family is incredibly grateful. “You can’t help but see these people and be thankful and see the good in humanity through this pandemic,” his mom, Danielle, says. “I want them to just know how much they both really saved Zeke’s life.”