EUGENE, Ore. — Harlow Grace, a baby from Eugene who recently received a bone marrow transplant, has returned home.
We first met Harlow months ago. She suffers from a rare immunodeficiency disorder, and a bone marrow transplant was her only hope. After first hearing about her need for a transplant, the community heeded the call for donors.
We got to meet 10-month-old Baby Harlow Friday morning because she is back home in Eugene. She spent about five months in two different hospitals, and it was touch and go, but now she is doing so well.
Baby Harlow’s mom, Somer, says the bone marrow transplant has been considered a success. The goal is to have 100 percent donor cells in her body and none of her cells, and as of right now she has 100 percent donor cells.
After the transplant, Harlow was faced with some complications and was actually placed on life support for a scary 12 days after having organ failure.
“It is just amazing when I recall those days and seeing her there she is just fierce, very fierce, and she’s my hero. I don’t know how she did it, but she did,” Somer said.
You may recall, after the word went out for the need for a bone marrow match the community came out strong, lining up to see if they could become a match.
Somer says that support helped her get through some of the worst times knowing she had so much support. She says she can’t wait to tell Harlow when she grows up that she likely saved someone’s life because so many people tested to see if they could be the match.