Tests are showing Jonathan Pitre’s stem cell transplant and engraftment is working. Pitre is being treated at a Minnesota Children’s Hospital in the United States, where he recently underwent a second stem cell transplant from his mother, to alleviate the symptoms of his condition. Jonathan suffers from a rare skin condition with no cure that leaves painful blisters and sores all over his body. Pitre went through his first transplant last fall, and while it failed to take, his doctor has said that second transplants often have a higher success rate.
In a Facebook post Tuesday evening, Boileau says Jonathan is growing her cells.
Jonathan is officially growing my cells! The donor study tests show he has 100% my cells, which means the transplant and engraftment is working! That said, however, his cells can’t all be mine – he needs to grow some of his own back so the two can become a happy blend. If they stay all mine going forward, he can possibly get something called Graft vs. Host disease, where my cells start taking over his organs and bodily functions (which can lead to major complications).
Today is terrific news. We aren’t out of the woods yet – there are still many more hurdles ahead. But every long journey begins with a first step forward