Donors are giving a helping hand to a cancer patient after a man in Michigan died in a donor body-sorting ceremony.
Dr. Michael T. Smith, MD, the medical director of the National Bone Marrow Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai, said he was contacted by a patient who wanted to donate his bone marrow.
The donor, Michael A. Smith of Grand Rapids, Michigan, died on Dec. 5.
Doctors were unable to separate the donated bone marrow from the donor’s body.
The donation was made in honor of Smith’s wife, whom he had died of leukemia.
The donation was done under the supervision of Dr. Michael S. Smith and was a surprise to the family.
Smith was a licensed surgeon in Grand Rapids.
The donor’s organs were transplanted into a healthy donor.
Smith said the donation was “a miracle.”
The organ was removed and given to a patient in the hospital.
The hospital is scheduled to receive the donor organ next week, Smith said.