Topeka Girl to Receive Transplant Overnight

Jessica Seidel, 12, is scheduled to receive a life-saving bone marrow transplant Monday night. The procedure is expected to take about eight hours.

Jessica with her mom, Leslie

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - The day is finally here - 12 year old Jessica Seidel will get her bone marrow transplant Monday night.

Jessica is a Washburn Rural Middle School student who was diagnosed with cancer last fall.

Doctors say a bone marrow transplant is her only hope for survival.

Jessica is scheduled to get the transplant at Children's Mercy Hospital between 11 p.m. Monday and 2 a.m. Tuesday, depending on when the donor marrow arrives from KU Medical Center. Jessica's dad, Dave, said the time frame for the transplant had to be pushed back a couple of hours because the donor marrow was flown in and flihgts were held up by weather in Chicago.

The BMT procedure will take about eight hours.

Dave said he's been told Jessica will be the first person at Children's Mercy with HLH (the cancer in her marrow) to receive a bone marrow transplant at the hospital.

Doctors say the next couple of weeks will be the most crucial as Jessica's body adjusts to the new marrow and all the drugs being pumped into her system. She has been on a prep program for the past week.

For updates from Jessica's mom, Leslie, visit http://www.caringbridge.org/visit/Jessica16.


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