Friday 9 December 2016

'This woman gave me a second life' - Mother-of-one hunts for Irish bone marrow donor who saved her life 18 years ago

Published 18/08/2016 | 14:20

Andrea Anderson with her son AJ.
Andrea Anderson with her son AJ.
Andrea Anderson wants to thanks the Irish bone marrow donor who saved her life.

A woman has begun her journey of getting in contact with an Irish woman who saved her life by donating bone marrow to her.

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Andrea Anderson, from Michigan, America, was 12-years-old when she received a bone marrow transplant from an anonymous donor.

She had a rare form of childhood leukaemia and the transplant was the only thing that could save her life.

Andrea and her family were seven months waiting when she was pulled out of class in January 1998 and told there was a donor available. 

Andrea Anderson wants to thanks the Irish bone marrow donor who saved her life.
Andrea Anderson wants to thanks the Irish bone marrow donor who saved her life.

"It was just like a whirlwind when the call was made to us,” she told RTE Radio One.

“We went from zero to 100 miles per hour right away.”

"To see that red marrow coming into my body that was either going to save me, or kill me,” she said.

Eighteen years later, Andrea is cancer-free and has a six-year-old son, AJ.

Two weeks ago she decided to try to get in contact with her donor, who she knew nothing about.

After contacting the hospital where she had her procedure, Andrea learned that her donor was an Irish woman.

Her donor has since agreed to get in contact, and Andrea couldn’t be more grateful.

“Not only did she save my life, but I have a six year old son that I never would have had if I didn’t have the bone marrow transplant,” she said.

“Honestly I just want to thank her. I’m curious to know about her, what prompted her to sign up to be a donor. I want to get to know her.”

“I have my mom who gave birth to me, then I have this woman who gave me a second life. I want her to see the amazing outcome from the choice that she made 18 years ago.”

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