When Samantha’s parents took her to the doctor three years ago for what they thought was a nagging virus, they were stunned to learn she has Fanconi anemia, a rare blood disorder that leads to bone marrow failure. The first good news the family received after this life-changing diagnosis was that Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has the Fanconi Anemia Comprehensive Care Center, where doctors and nurses are now providing Samantha the specialized services she needs.
If a bone marrow transplant becomes necessary, the family says they will turn to the hospital for the outstanding care they’ve grown used to. In the meantime, this vibrant, intelligent fourth-grader is participating in Girls Scouts, playing tennis, swimming and reading biographies of important people, including Thomas Jefferson and Thomas Edison. Thanks to Cincinnati Children’s, Samantha will have the opportunity to make her own mark on history.
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