A bone marrow donation in April saved a little girl's life. This mother of 5 knows how good it feels to have someone step in to help.
Shannon Rogers Guess, bone marrow donor: "My son needed a kidney transplant a while back and so I wanted to do something for someone else."
A high school friend found a Facebook page for Shannon's son, Logan. He needed a kidney...and that's exactly what this friend gave him.
its amazing for someone who didn't know him to donate something from their body.
That donation opened SHANNON UP TO helping someone else.
Shannon: "I wasn't able to give Logan a kidney, so I wanted to be able to do something for someone else."
So, Shannon she hit the Internet to find out how to donate. Eventually, she was a match for a 9-year old girl in Connecticut.
Shannon: "I was ready to do it, I didn't care who it was for, and then the fact that it was for a little child. I couldn't walk away when they told me it was a match. You don't always have to have incisions, some of it they can take it from your blood, it depends on what the recipient needs. I just think that anything you can do like this you should, its a selfless gift. It could save a child, a father, a mother...you just never know who it can save."
It's a decision Shannon says she's glad she made...
Shannon: "I would definitely do it again, in a heartbeat, and I'm grateful that the little girl survived because when I donated, they weren't sure that she was going to survive."
Bone marrow is the flexible tissue found in the interior of bones. In humans, bone marrow in large bones produces new blood cells. Shannon gave one little girl a chance at life.
Shannon: "She was in the hospital for a few weeks, she was pretty much on her death bed. I can't imagine, as a parent, they were telling her parents to prepare for the worst and to make funeral arrangements and things like that."
After the surgery, the donor and recipient were finally able to connect.
Shannon: "The mother called me and I was glad that I was able to talk to her. It was emotional...I was crying, she was crying...it was great. The little girl calls me her little angel."
This little angel is planning a trip to Colorado to meet the little girl she helped with her selfless donation.
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