NORTH TONAWANDA, N.Y. (WIVB) — A local teen battling a rare disease successfully received a bone marrow transplant from his younger brother.
The teen has a long road to recovery ahead of him, but the family told News 4, the surgery went well.
About a year ago a Kenmore West high school student was diagnosed with a bone marrow failure disorder. If not treated, the disorder could progress into leukemia.
Sixteen-year-old Conner Vollmer’s rare blood disease affects normal blood cell production in the bone marrow. The only known cure is a bone marrow transplant.
Conner didn’t have to go very far to meet his match. The transplant came from his 13-year-old brother, Nolan.
The surgery was just last month and the family said Nolan passed with flying colors and doctors said for the most part, everything went great for Conner.
“They said that everything is going good, he’s hitting a few bumps in the road here and there, but it’s everything that we’ve already discussed. This was discussed months before the transplant as far as for what us to expect. It brought you know family together closer, there were a lot of changes I mean granted I would never want this to happen again, but there were definitely some pluses that came out of this,” said Jason Vollmer, father.
Conner’s dad said it will take two weeks before they see any signs of progress for Conner. He should be returning from the Cleveland Clinic in three months. It could take a whole year for a full recovery.