4-year-old donates bone marrow to save baby brother's life
ST. ALBANS, WV (WCHS/WVAH) —
A celebration was held in St. Albans Saturday honoring a 4-year-old boy who underwent a serious surgery in hopes of saving his baby brother’s life.
4-year old Leo got a surprise visit from his favorite superhero, Batman, Saturday only to discover they have something in common.
"Leo is a real hero."
When Leo’s little brother, Lucas, was born, he was diagnosed with Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome, which compromised his immune system.
Wiskott-Aldrich Syndrome is a rare disease with only a few potential cures. One of them is finding a match and receiving a bone marrow transplant.
"It's very rare to even find a bone marrow transplant and Leo was a perfect match,” Leo’s Godmother Elizabeth Adkins said.
Adkins said Lucas’ doctors at Boston Children’s Hospital explained to Leo that the surgery might be painful and difficult for his body to handle, but knowing that it would save his brother’s life, he was in.
"There's wasn't any question for him on whether he wanted to do it or not, it was a definite go,” Adkins said.
Leo had the procedure in July, but his parents and brother still have a long road ahead in Boston and couldn’t be at the celebration Saturday when friends and family showed their appreciation for what Leo did for his brother, but they were able to be there via FaceTime.
"It just brought smiles to our faces knowing that the real reason we are here is because Leo was able to save his brother's life and not many brother can say that about each other so that is a true miracle story."
The family will be in Boston until Lucas’ treatment is complete in November.