SEATTLE — A 6-year-old girl was listed in good condition Wednesday after receiving an emergency bone-marrow transplant made possible by an official who ordered special snow plowing so the marrow could be flown out of Wisconsin.
The transplant for Brooke Ward of Raleigh, N.C., was the first from a match made by the National Bone Marrow Registry, officials said. It was established in September and lists 10,000 potential donors.
"She's fine. There were no complications," said Susan Edmonds, spokeswoman for the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.
Suffered Serious Relapse
Brooke has suffered from acute leukemia for three years and recently suffered her third and most serious relapse. Doctors said she had little chance of survival without a marrow transplant.
Marrow from the girl's relatives did not match perfectly, officials said. Diane Walters, 49, of Milwaukee, was found to be a good match.