10-Month-Old Baby Ends Up Saving Big Sister's Life

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When you have a sick child, there isn't one decision you make that's an easy one. You doubt yourself at every turn and pray your next move will be the one that takes your child's pain away for good.

We can only imagine how UK mom Elouise Davis felt when she found out her 10-month-old son, Jacob, was the perfect bone marrow match for his 2-year-old sister, Seren-Rose. The little girl suffered from a rare disease called mucopolysaccaridosis, or MPS, which causes developmental delays and can lead to death. Elouise was faced with a harrowing choice: risk her baby's health in order to save her older child, or hope for the best and take a chance by not taking chances.

After what we assume were many sleepless nights, this mom made the right call -- and made a hero out of her baby boy -- by allowing doctors to transplant his bone marrow into his sister. She says she knew she was taking a risk, but that it was worth it because without Jacob's gift, Seren had no chance of living a full, healthy life.

As I look at my two children, who are 4 months and 3 years old, my heart breaks at the thought of giving doctors permission to perform a procedure on such a tiny, helpless being. But then I think of a universe without my older daughter in it, and it becomes instantly clear to me that I would make the same choice as this mom.

I'd like to think I'm raising children who, if it were solely up to them, would do whatever they could to save their sibling. What would I say to my baby boy if, god forbid, his sister didn't make it, and he found out later in life that he had the power to help her but I kept him from doing so?

Elouise says she did a lot of research before making the call and that she learned the risks to her son were minimal. She says she considers her baby a "miracle" and that she will never let him forget what he did for Seren. The little girl is home from the hospital, recovering well, and back to playing and getting to just be a kid. As for her amazing little bro -- who celebrated his first birthday the day after his big sis got home -- he's apparently "obsessed" with Seren and follows her all over the house.

AWWW. These two will be best friends for life, thanks to their parent's heroic move.

Would you let your baby be a bone marrow donor for an older sibling?


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I couldn't imagine my life without any one of my children. Having said that, I couldn't use one child to save another. Ever see the movie My Sister's Keeper? I love children all equally and would fight to keep them alive but not by using their sibling. If myself or hubs or another adult family member weren't a match I'd beg for my child to be put on the donor list.

marci... marcie1455

I don't want to speculate on what I would do in such a daunting position. I'm glad it worked out for their family.

nonmember avatar me

i think we're throwing the word hero around little too loosely here. good for them that the baby was a match but theres nothing heroic about it.

Mazie... Mazie0723

I think any type of live donation should have to be done by a person who is able to consent.

nonmember avatar anonymous

We have a 4year old who just got a kidney transplant in December. We have 2 more children 6year old and a baby who was 8 months at the time. The docotors wanted us to consider testing our children if they were a match and we saud no. It was heart breaking seeing him go through dialysis but I couldn't bare the thought of losing 2 children in the process.

the4m... the4mutts

This is a little different than donating organs. This was bone marrow. Painful, but not exactly dangerous. They didn't take a kidney, or piece of a liver, or something that could cause lifelong quality of life issues. It's not much different (other than the pain factor) than donating blood.

I would do it if it were my kids.

Now, actual organs? I couldn't say what I would do. I just pray that I never have to make that decision.

nonmember avatar jessy

If my 3 year son was match for his older sister I would do it. But if anyone saw the movie my sisters keeper , now in that movie the parents made a child just so they can save the other so I'm just hoping that this a one time deal cuz when he gets older (just like the girl in the movie) he may not want to be donor because he's a person too.of anyone saw the movie they would understand this comment.

Kyler... KylersMom8-16-7

I don't think I could do that considering how painful it it. I'd look for a older donor who could consent.

nonmember avatar Leigh

I would do it because, as others have said, it's not a transplant of an organ. There is extremely low risk to the donor. Also, as far as the movie "My Sister's Keeper" goes- it was not the little girl donor who objected to the donations; it was the older girl receiving the donations who wanted them to stop because she just wanted to die peacefully. The younger sister, although wanting to donate, respected the older sister's wishes, so she sued her parents to stop any future procedures on her sister's behalf (the motives were just unknown to the parents). Im the youngest of two, and Id be upset if my parents ever made a decision other than the one made by the mom in this article.

Chris... Chrissy325

Leigh did u watch my sisters keeper she didnt want to she was tricked forced made to feel bad for Not wanting to thats when the older sister decided to stop. Get ur facts straight. And my opinion is no one under any circumstances should be allowed if they are not old enough to be explained to n say yes or no. If it was my kids stab me away my blood types o- which is universal so possiblly a higher chance of a match if not ud better believe id be rallying calling ppl out a phone book to be tested. To do a bone marrow test is extremely painful for an adult why put a baby who only job is to grow n be healthy thru that? They had no family no friends church ppl coworkers they could ask?

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