Young man undergoes bone marrow transplant

By Diane Walker - bio | email
Posted by Terry Alexander - email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - When 12 on Your Side first introduced us to Nile Price in March, he need a bone marrow transplant because he suffers from sickle cell anemia. After our story, donors came forward. Now, five months later - the day that could change his life...

Just hours ago, Nile underwent his bone marrow transplant, and we were allowed to be there. This is a day he and his family have been waiting for - one that could cure his painful blood disease.

July 21, 2009 at 2:15 this afternoon, bone marrow from an unrelated donor is being infused through a tube, surgically inserted in a large vein in Nile Price's chest.

To Deborah Price, she says it feels like the day her triplet boys, were born. Unlike his brothers, Nile has sickle cell anemia.

"Antsy, but, very excited and very hopeful, everything's going to work," said Deborah Price, Nile's mother.

The breakthrough bone marrow transplant is amazing, in so many ways, it's not dramatic at all. Nile eats his tuna sandwich and finishes up a drawing while his mom and dad, nervously carry on small talk as the 40 minute, life altering transplant is in progress.

"It's coming through the cord, bag up there, and then it goes in through my Hickman line, right here," said Nile. "My body feels like its normal self. I'm excited, nervous, happy too."

A million thanks, the Prices say, to both donors. That's how blessed Nile is: following one of our earlier reports, two perfect bone marrow matches were found affording Nile a back up donor, should something go wrong.

"Thank you so much for donating to me and helping me out," said Nile.

The bone marrow transplant is a possible cure. Nile is fully aware of the odds. The length of his hospital stay depends on the assessment from the VCU Transplant Center and Nile's recovery. Everyone is hopeful the new bone marrow will grow, and not sickled cells.

If you'd like to send, Nile cheerful message: go to his website (see link at right). Or to help out the family, with expensive medicines go to: and click 'One to one fund'. Look for Nile Price.

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