A man from an undocumented family in the U.S. decided to help save a young boy’s life by donating his bone marrow to a complete stranger.
“Once they tell you there’s someone in need, there’s this sense of, ‘Yes, let’s do it, I’m happy to help,'” Luis Miranda explained. The 29-year-old says he had grown up in an “undocumented family” and it had always been a struggle. In fact, the family could not even afford to have health care. Nonetheless, Miranda says he had survived due to the kindness of strangers.
“I’ve able to beat the offs because strangers were able to help us out.” Miranda told Inside Edition. That is perhaps why when he heard of a young boy in the fight of his life, he did not hesitate to lend a hand too.
13-year-old Ezra Miller was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in August 2015 after he felt quite sick during a hiking trip. “I threw up and wasn’t feeling that well so we went to see a doctor at a walk-in clinic who said I had a virus,” Miller told People. Soon, the young boy continued to feel sick. His mother ended up taking to several doctors where he was eventually diagnosed with cancer.
DKMS was behind bringing together Miller and Miranda.
Miller had to stay in the hospital for nine months. During this time, he learned that he would need a bone marrow transplant in order to survive. Luckily for Miller, an organization named DKMS was on his case. They are an international nonprofit organization that assists blood cancer patients all over the world. It was through DKMS that Miller managed to get a bone marrow donation from Miranda. It turns out Miranda has been a registered bone marrow donor since 2008. “I never thought anything would happen and then seven or eight years later, I received a call from DKMS,” Miranda said.
Meanwhile, when Miller found out he had a match, the young boy was ecstatic. “I was pretty excited knowing that I had another chance in life,” Miller explained. In the end, Miller’s transplant was a success. When he got better, he got the chance to meet Miranda and thank him in person. “I’ve been wanting to meet him for the longest time, and to be able to meet him was just pretty cool,” Miller remarked.
Thanks to Miranda, Miller now has a healthier future ahead. In fact, the young boy is looking forward to returning to school and his ice hockey team.
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