A 4-year-old girl donated her bone marrow to save her little brother's life
Mother Kayla Land was very excited when her third baby, and first son Colton was born on July 24, 2019.
The doctors told the proud parents that he was a healthy baby and they couldn't wait to get him home and reunite him with his big sisters.
But just one week later a test revealed that he was suffering from a rare disease called severe combined immunodeficiency.
Since then - the Land family's world has turned 180 degrees with countless visits to the hospital and Kayla having to quit her job to take care for her baby full time.
The disease meant that Colton had no immune system and had to be completely isolated in order to protect him from infections that his body could not fight.
Kayla had to take her daughters out of school and homeschool them so they wouldn't bring infections and/or germs from school back home.
He needed a life-saving surgery
So the doctors told the parents that Colton would need a bone marrow transplant.
Colton's relatives were tested to see if there was a match, and the younger sister's test matched.
Kayla and her husband were very happy but worried that their 4-year-old daughter, Chloe, would not understand what she had to go through.
"Told us she was scared"
"My husband and I were hoping it would be our oldest daughter because she already understands and she wanted to be the one to help her little brother", Kayla said.
"When we found out it was Chloe, she was very excited at first and then fear kicked in about 30 seconds later and she started crying and told us she was very scared".
But the little sister realized in the end that what she was doing would save her brother's life. What a brave and special girl to do such a thing for her brother!
The operation was successful. It's going to be a very long road for Colton, but he's recovering.
On October 14, the boy was supposed to be released from the hospital, but he needed additional treatment.
"The doctors told us that one year after the transplant he would be able to live a normal life like any other child, playing outside and romping in the mud", Kayla said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Kayla's family raise the money to pay the medical bills.
In the last update of the campaign on November 20, it was written: "The last 48 hours have been much better. We got permission to stop one drug and he was doing well. They also asked us to try oral magnesium feeding so that he wouldn't have to receive an infusion in the coming days, and that made him (and us) happy".
The plan for Colton is to be released home on December 20, and then go for check-ups twice a month.
What a wonderful family and we are so happy that little Colton is on the road to a full recovery. The situation seems very positive and he definitely likes the whole family to be with him.
Dear Chloe Thank you for being so wonderful to your brother. May God bless you for being such a special girl ❤️❤️
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