March 30, 2014

Positivity: Leukemia patient meets donor who saved her life, from 5,000 miles away

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 6:00 am

From Dallas (video at link):

3:52 pm on March 24, 2014

Three years after a critical bone marrow transplant, Katie Waggoner finally met the man who saved her life Monday.

At age 28, the Arlington native was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukemia, an aggressive cancer typically found in children. She was told she couldn’t leave the hospital and started chemotherapy that day, in October 2010.

“Pretty quickly you have to make the decision to live or die,” she said. “I made the decision to live.”

Her only option was a bone marrow transplant, and when her sister wasn’t a match, they turned to a transplant registry and found a match — 5,000 miles away in Germany. She received her transplant at Baylor University Medical Center in March 2011.

On Monday, Waggoner and her children, 7-year-old Ryan and 8-year-old Rachel, met her match at the Dallas hospital: German paramedic Thomas Wuenshe.

“I’m just overwhelmed with joy to have this opportunity to meet him,” said Waggoner, who now lives in Austin.

The meeting was arranged after Waggoner’s cousin Amy Smith submitted her story to Kidd Kraddick in the Morning’s “I Have a Dream” special. The show flew him in from Germany. …

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