EUGENE, Ore. — A Christmas blessing comes to a Eugene family in search of a life-saving bone marrow match for their little baby.
KEZI 9 news told you about baby Harlow’s need for a bone marrow match.
Hundreds of community members poured into local bank branches over the last week to test to see if they could be the match Harlow needs to survive.
Harlow’s mom, Somer Deck, says a match has been found.
“We are excited and happy, but I think we are also scared and nervous,” said Somer. “The unknown is definitely hard and this is definitely the beginning of the marathon.”
The family is at Portland’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.
Harlow has been matched with a cord blood donor, which is blood left over in the placenta and the umbilical cord.
Somer says the transplant team plans on doing pre-transplant work on Monday and then the actual transplant on about January 8. Deck says she’s amazed by the outpouring from the community and all of the people who tested to be a match.
While Harlow’s match isn’t coming from Eugene, all of those people are now on the registry and could save other lives.
Somer says this is an amazing legacy for just a 5-month-old.
“She inspired people to action and to go and become donors,” said Somer. “It’s guaranteed that at least one life will be saved from the amount of people that have gone out and been donors.”
Somer hopes people will still be inspired to sign up for the registry.