Kristi's Kids

Jul 25, 2013 7:29 PM by Kristi Tedesco

Lizzie Bell's transplant is complete

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - After 19 years of waiting and weeks of preparing, Lizzie Bell has received her life-saving bone marrow transplant.

You can see in the photo that it was a considerable amount of bone marrow, donated by an unknown male from another country. By law, Lizzie will have to wait two years to meet the man who saved her. Doctors tell Lizzie, he was her perfect match.

Lizzie's mom, Kathy Flores Bell tells Kristi's Kids, male donors are often the best matches for children like Lizzie. They tend to have stronger blood cells. The donors are typically 18 to 44 years old.

Representatives from "Beads of Courage" and "Be the Match" were at the University of Minnesota Medical Center today, to support Lizzie. Lizzie's mom says, she was incredibly grateful to have them there but missed her team of doctors and nurses from UAMC.

At last word, Lizzie completed the transplant and fell asleep. Her mom says, she is resting well.

The entire Bell family is thankful, beyond measure, for the donor who made this possible.

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