Real Housewives of Dallas star Stephanie Hollman recently underwent a procedure to donate bone marrow to a complete stranger and now she is opening up about the procedure that could have saved a stranger’s life.
Two days before Easter, Stephanie learned that she was the only match to a mom with cancer after receiving a call from a donor center that matches donors to people with blood cancer, Hollman recently reacalled to FOX 4 News. Stephanie had swabbed her cheeks for the donor center while at a fun run four years ago. The chances of being a match to a non-family member are less than 1 percent, according to FOX 4 News’ report. “I mean, I have nothing to lose and she has everything to gain,” Stephanie said.
Stephanie prepped for the procedure by getting shots to increase her white blood cell count, which made her sluggish and sore. She flew to Oklahoma City last week to have the peripheral stem cell donation performed, which she likened to giving blood, except for five hours a day. She was able to make a donation of 10 million white blood cells to the woman through a program called DKMS.
Her husband Travis called her a superhero, by captioning the photo, “in my books! I couldn’t have asked for a more selfless, kind-hearted, caring wife and mother to our children. I love you baby! Please keep Steph in your thoughts and prayers as she goes under for the procedure! #RHOD #bonemarrowdonation #bethechange #MatchMadeInHeaven #mylife #godisgoodallthetime #prayformyrecipient #DKMS
Proud of this girl! @stephhollman jumped on a flight last night to undergo a bone marrow donation, potentially saving the life of a much needed recipient She’s a superhero in my books! I couldn’t have asked for a more selfless, kind-hearted, caring wife and mother to our children. I love you baby! Please keep Steph in your thoughts and prayers as she goes under for the procedure! #RHOD #bonemarrowdonation #bethechange #MatchMadeInHeaven #mylife #godisgoodallthetime #prayformyrecipient #DKMS
My wonderful wife @stephhollman is in day two of her bone marrow donation. She is doing this for a complete stranger. They had to put a direct tube into her jugular and take all of the blood out of her body for two days at 5 hours each day. I am so proud of her. Keep being #mysuperhero #bonemarrowdonor #rhod #supermom
If I could give you all a big, warm hug, I would! Thank you for all the kind messages and prayers you have sent over the past 24 hours! I promise, I have read each and every one of your comments, tweets, emails, DM’s and text’s. I could not be more blessed to have such wonderful internet friends! I have the most AMAZING nurse @atucky who has taken the best care of me, I couldn’t be more appreciative! I will keep you all updated on the recovery process and share more about the process of donating bone marrow on my website soon! Love you all! ❤️#BlessedByTheBest #LoveYouAllv #DKMS #RHOD #bonemarrowdonor #mylife
Stephanie now calls the woman she donated to her “blood sister.” “Helping somebody even live, even if it’s five more years, I feel like that’s a job well done at the end of the day,” Stephanie said. “And I think that’s what everyone wants out of their life.”
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