A couple who had a baby to find a bone marrow donor for their leukemia-stricken daughter learned the baby wasn't a match. The girl's leukemia is now in remission.
Dave and Missy Foisy, who live in Sheffield Township about 40 miles west of Cleveland, are hoping 15-month-old Michaela will be free of the illness permanently."She's just wonderful," Missy Foisy said Wednesday. She said Michaela's doctors gave her about a 10 percent chance of recurrence of the leukemia this year, with less of a chance after that.
Michaela is enjoying her 7-pound brother Vincent, who was born May 21.
"She likes to touch his face and his hair," Missy Foisy said as she held her son. "She kisses him."
The couple's other two children, Mari, 5, and Christian, 4, also could not provide marrow matches for Michaela. There is a 1-in-4 chance of finding a match from a sibling. No other donors could be found.
The Foisys haven't ruled out having another baby as a possible donor.
"We actually haven't thought about it," she said. "We do want more kids. I don't know when."
The Foisys named their newborn son after their church, St. Vincent de Paul Roman Catholic Church, in honor of the parishioners who prayed for Michaela. A priest blessed Michaela at a Mass there in October.
At the time Michaela was on chemotherapy but was showing signs of remission. The next day a doctor said she could end the cancer-treating medication.
Dr. Karen Bringelsen, pediatric oncologist at the Cleveland Clinic, said there is no guarantee that Michaela is cured. But her long-term remission and healthy development are promising.
In 1994, a couple in the Cleveland suburb of Solon conceived a baby that turned out to be a bone marrow match for their 5-year-old daughter with leukemia. The patient, Christy Schwartz, was discharged from the hospital about a year ago after receiving transplanted marrow from her baby sister.