Monday, January 4, 2010

Michigan native saves life with adult stem cells

The Livingston Daily Press and Argus recently ran a story on Chris Kelly, a graduate from Brighton High School, and how his donation of adult blood stem cells saved a man’s life.
Chris Kelly saved a man's life earlier this year.

Kelly didn't push him out of the way of a speeding bus or pull him out of a lake.

Instead, the 2000 Brighton High School graduate laid in a hospital bed for a couple of days and allowed himself to be hooked up to a dialysis-like machine that recycled his blood. During this process, doctors were able to take away extra peripheral blood stem cells.

He donated those peripheral blood stem cells to a 68-year-old man suffering from a disease that causes bone-marrow failure and often leads to leukemia. Two weeks later, Chris Kelly said the recipient, whom he'd never met, was released from a hospital and is doing well. He said the man, who lives on the West Coast, should live a long life without any further complications.