RENO, Nev. (AP) — A Reno family is hopeful a bone marrow donor can be found for a potentially life-saving transplant needed by their 17-year-old son.
Austin Trowbridge suffers from a rare genetic condition that causes improper blood cell development and bone marrow failure. The same disease killed his other brother, Eric, in 2008.
The youth had been scheduled for a marrow transplant in November as part of a clinical trial at the National Institutes of Health. But the federal government shutdown put the procedure on hold.
After the story ran nationally, the family was notified that funding for his surgery was found and doctors will start looking for matching donors.
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