Bone Marrow Donor Came To The US From Germany To Meet The Twin Girls He Saved
January 15, 2018
When twin sisters, Elizabeth and Kathryn Girtler, from Minnesota turned three years old, the doctors diagnosed them with a rare genetic disorder - congenital amegakaryocytic thrombocytopenia.
This disease is dangerous because it dramatically reduces the activity of bone marrow, which makes it incapable of producing blood platelets.
To survive, the girls needed an urgent bone marrow transplant, but finding a donor was almost impossible.
Neither the girls' brother nor their parents could be donors. 13-year-old LeeRoy tested negative as a donor, and their mother and father could not donate their bone marrow because they themselves were carriers of this disease.