07:40 PM PST on Friday, March 9, 2007
SPOKANE — Late Friday KREM 2 News learned a Spokane infant stricken with a rare disease will undergo a bone marrow transplant after finding a matching donor.
Six-month old Caden Atchley was born with a rare blood disease commonly known as the “bubble boy” syndrome.
Just before 5:00 p.m. on Friday, Caden’s family learned doctors have found a 100% match for their tiny son. Caden’s mother, Melissa Atchely, says all doctors will say about the donor is that they are 21 years old and live in the United States.
The syndrome’s medical term is severe combined immunodeficiency. That means Caden does not have an immune system and is unable to fight off any infections or viruses on his own. A bone marrow transplant is the best treatment for the disease.
Caden was diagnosed when he was just a few weeks old. He and his parents were flown to Seattle Children’s Hospital where they have been ever since.
Caden begins pre-treatment next month and is scheduled to have the transplant April 27th.
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