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Bone Marrow Transplantation

Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC’s Bone Marrow Transplant program has been performing blood and marrow transplants since 1991. Our specialists have helped countless children whose lives were affected by cancer and blood disorders such as sickle cell disease.

Meet some of our patients whose lives have been improved by their experiences at Children’s Hospital.

Ryder McDermott received a cord blood stem cell transplant at Children’s Hospital at the age of 2 for acute myeloid leukemia.
Ryder McDermott, 4
acute myeloid leukemia
Cord Blood Stem Cell Transplant Helps Toddler
A risky cord blood stem cell transplant gave Ryder McDermott, a resilient little boy fighting leukemia, a chance for a healthy childhood.
   
Cassidy Yeager, bone marrow transplant success story, Ewing’s Sarcoma.
Cassidy Yeager, 19
Ewing’s sarcoma
Bone Marrow Transplant Doesn’t Slow Down Teen Runner
Cassidy Yeager was a healthy, 19-year-old competitive runner when she was diagnosed with bone cancer.
   
Cara Feldman, bone marrow transplant success story, acute myelogenous leukemia.
Cara Feldman, 13
acute myelogenous leukemia
Mini Transplant, Big Success
After going to the hospital with flu-like symptoms, 13-year-old Cara Feldman was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia after doctors noticed that 75 percent of her bone marrow had been destroyed.
   
Emily Celedonia, bone marrow transplant success story, acute myeloid leukemia.
Emily Celedonia, 6
acute myeloid leukemia
Sister Gives Second Chance
Emily Celedonia now lives the joys and struggles of an average teen, thanks to a bone marrow donation from her 4-year-old sister.
   
Austin Jones, bone marrow transplant success story, sickle cell disease.
Austin Jones, 5
sickle cell disease
Boy’s Big Brother Donates Bone Marrow to Save His Life
Austin Jones was diagnosed with sickle cell disease shortly after birth. His only chance for a normal life was a bone marrow transplant.
   
 
Joshua Marshall, 7
severe combined immunodeficiency
Unknown Cord Blood Donor Gives Boy New Lease on Life
Joshua Marshall has an anonymous cord blood donor to thank for giving him a mostly functional immune system. After a successful cord blood transplant, he is enjoying life just being a kid.
   
Revolutionary Cord Blood Transplantation a Success for 2-Year-Old
Hannah Hannum was just 2 years old when she was diagnosed with leukemia. After three years of treatment, including a revolutionary cord blood transplant, Hannah is doing remarkably well.
   
New Medicine and Bone Marrow Transplant for Neuroblastoma
Casey Neff was diagnosed with neuroblastoma shortly before her first birthday. A new treatment and resources at Children’s Hospital helped Casey and her family get through her illness successfully.
Last Update
September 16, 2013
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Last Update
September 16, 2013
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