Oklahoma Legislator Donates Bone Marrow Stem Cells and Saves Arizona Woman’s Life Who Has Hodgkin's Lymphoma
Posted Dec 11 2010 1:59pm
Stems cells are hot, and they save lives too. Again I hope our government can quit stumbling all over themselves and get the laws written so all of the research can continue here and we can go about saving lives and continue the valued research as Congress had approved this bi-partisan many times, it’s just a matter of the language the judges feel is needed.
This story was a rare match to where the woman had injections of her own stem cells first and the cancer came back so out to the registry they went and found a match, a man who is in the Oklahoma legislator, and big kudos to him for taking the 2 days needed to extract his stem cell as he was rate match. What was needed in her case was a peripheral blood stem cell transplant.
The folks over at the Medicaid department in Arizona should take a look at this and recalculate their “death panel algorithms” by all means and get some folks involved who are intelligent enough to look at the whole picture instead of just cutting funds in certain areas.
The 31 year old now requires no rejection drugs and is basically asymptomatic with her Hodgkin's. These are the miracle folks that realize what a life is worth versus the the politicians making decisions in Arizona and they should study this case by all means and it clearly sends a message that politicians are not qualified to make these types of decisions alone. BD
Tillman, now a healthy 31-year-old, was on her second relapse with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. Her first marrow treatment was with her own bone marrow. Yet the cancer snapped back six months later.
Tillman needed a peripheral blood stem cell transplant from someone else this time. Since her siblings weren’t a match, she was desperate for a lifesaving transplant from a stranger.
But the Arizona woman is black, and only 7 percent of the potential donors worldwide who register with “Be The Match” are black. She was very sick, and she began what doctors hoped wouldn’t be the last wait of her life.
Meanwhile, Rep. Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City, was busy talking to constituents and studying potential laws affecting Oklahomans. He hadn’t thought in years about his college days at Langston University, much less that day in 1995 when he registered as a peripheral blood stem cell donor.
Tillman now is a lively, upbeat woman striding toward the next chapter.
Spreading out her hands and smiling, she said: “I’m perfectly healed. I’m not on any rejection drugs. I’m cancer-free.”