Blood drive to help Hamilton toddler

Blood drive to help Hamilton toddler

By Denise Wilson

Staff Writer

Monday, March 12, 2007

HAMILTON — A local car dealership is stepping up to help Tyler Fisher, a Hamilton toddler suffering from multiple diseases, including “bubble boy” syndrome.

The 19-month boy’s dad, Adam, is a salesman at Performance Toyota and the dealership is holding a blood drive to help Tyler, said Verna Jaqui, human resource manager for the business.

Hoxworth Blood Center will be conducting the blood drive. It is scheduled to run 11 a.m. to 2:15 p.m. and 3:30 to 7 p.m. Wednesday on a bus that will be parked in front of the dealership’s corporate offices, 5726 Dixie Highway in Fairfield.

On Nov. 27, 2006, Tyler was admitted to Children’s Hospital Medical Center in Cincinnati for sudden liver failure.

After undergoing multiple tests, Tyler was diagnosed with acute autoimmune hepatitis, said his aunt Alana Retherford. Acute autoimmune hepatitis is a condition in which the patient’s immune system attacks the liver, causing inflammation and liver cell death.

Tyler was placed at the top of the hospital’s liver transplant list. However, with no donors immediately available, he received the upper lobe of his mother’s liver, Retherford said.

After complications arose from the liver transplant, Tyler underwent a bone marrow biopsy on Jan. 2. It showed he has bone marrow destruction, along with “bubble boy” syndrome.

Lymphoproliferative syndrome, also known as Duncan’s syndrome, is a rare fatal disease that affects only boys. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant, which Tyler is scheduled to undergo on March 20.

Tyler also was diagnosed with severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome with post-transplant lymphoproliferative disease, or lymphoma, which caused by the Epstein-Barr Virus.

SCIDS is a life-threatening syndrome of recurrent infections and PTLD is an uncommon complication of both solid organ and allogenic bone marrow transplantation.

Retherford said Tyler is doing better, especially since the tumors caused by the PTLD have also disintegrated to almost nothing.

“Which means the chemotherapy and steroids have been working,” she said.

Contact this reporter at (513) 820-2190 or dewilson@coxohio.com.

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