Marrow man saves sister’s life

SHELBYVILLE, Indiana (AP) – An Indiana boy gave the best gift, the gift of life to save his 3-year-old sister.

The young girl, Samantha Kesler, had two rare blood disorders and her life expectancy was only 40 years.

The only cure for the diseases would come from a bone marrow transplant, and her older brother, Jameson Kesler, was the perfect match.

Jameson was excited that he was able to save his sister’s life.

He even ran up and down the hospital halls in costume letting nurses know that he was saving his sister.

“I had to get a little poke in my back,” said Jameson, “Two pokes!”

The procedure could have failed, with serious medical complications if Samantha’s body rejected the cells.

8-months after the transplant, doctors say Samantha has fully healed. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, racial slurs or consistent name calling will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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