Dale asked that we be there with him throughout the procedure and we were happy to oblige. Wolf got off of work at 6:30 and the transplant was scheduled for 7:30. It was Friday night and the traffic was hellish, to say the least. It is a 25 mile drive from the apartment to the hospital, but fortunately, Wolf has a highly developed sense of direction, inherited, of course from me, and he was able to take several back roads and alleys and we arrived in Dale’s room just as the marrow arrived.
Just before the doctor started the drip, Dale stood up, went to the stereo, put in a cd and lay back down in bed.
Wolf and I watched as the doctor prepared to start the potentially life-saving IV.
At 7:45 pm, Dale William Petersen began receiving cells that would change his life forever. His blood type, prior to the transplant, was 0 positive, after the transplant his type would change to B positive. Upon hearing that, Dale declared that he would from that moment on, BE POSTIVE! We all agreed that it was a good motto to live by.
Dale’s marrow came from a non-family donor. Despite the entire family being tested, none of us were a close enough match to be considered. His life-saving cells came from a European donor that he will never meet. Some wonderful human being, thousands of miles away, cared enough about a total stranger, to give him the gift of life.
And for that we will be eternally grateful.You, too, can save a life.
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