May 13, 2013 9:57 AM by Tracy Wirtz
Brittany and Ella have both fought long battles against life-threatening blood disorders and emerged victorious, thanks to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.
Ella has been sick since she was five weeks old with a disease that doctors were unable to officially diagnose. They only knew a bone marrow transplant was the ultimate cure. Brittany was diagnosed with a disease called severe aplastic anemia when she was 14.
Just over a year ago, both of them had bone marrow transplants. They both received the marrow of anonymous, unrelated donors. Ella's was a perfect match. Brittany's was not. Hers was what is called a severe 9/10th mismatch and she only had a 40% survival rate. However, considering her condition and the prognosis for her disease, it was her best chance for long-term survival.
Today, both girls are thriving and have more energy than they ever had before. They are faced with bright futures that are transfusion and regular hospital-stay free. As they put it, they are just "normal kids."
The success of Brittany and Ella's treatment is due in no small part to the generosity of donations made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital through projects like the Acadiana Dream Home. To reserve your ticket today, click here.