SHELBYVILLE, Indiana -- The family of an Indiana toddler calls him a superhero. This summer, the 3-year-old will donate bone marrow to save his sister's life.
"We didn't have any idea anything was wrong with her," said Samantha's mother, Kyrie Kessler. "We went for a check up and they said something's wrong and everything kind-of snowballed from there."
They learned the diagnosis October first: Thalassemia. According to the CDC, it's a blood disorder so rare, that only 1,000 people have the disease in the U.S.
Samantha has to get blood transfusions at the hospital every four weeks. Doctors told her mom that her life expectancy is only 40 years. The only cure is a bone marrow transplant and her playful siblings held the key.
"They tested all the kids at the hospital and they did further testing and found out that he's a perfect match," Kessler explained.
That perfect match was 3-year-old Jameson, a little guy with the big smile, who mom says is thrilled to help save his sister.
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