Girl With Leukemia To Meet Stem Cell Donor Who Helped Save Her Life

Posted: March 6, 2015 at 4:48 am

CHICAGO (CBS) More than four years after she was close to dying from leukemia, an 8-year-old girl from Mount Prospect is healthy again, and will meet the German man who helped save her life by supplying a stem cell donation.

Sabrina Chahir was diagnosed with leukemia in 2009, and 80 percent of her blood was filled with cancer cells. To survive, she needed a stem cell/bone marrow transplant, but finding a donor was going to be very difficult.

At the beginning, it was we didnt know if we were able to find one, because Sabrina is half Arabic and half Hispanic, and that is not a usual combination, Sabrinas mother, Natalia Wehr said.

Sabrinas DNA match turned out to be 30-year-old Maximilian Eule, a German supermarket manager living in Austria. He quickly agreed to donate

For me, I was close to crying, because it was like a little girl who was almost close to dying, and has no chance without my blood, he said. You give the girl another chance to stay alive.

Sabrinas mother said, thanks to Eules bone marrow donation, her daughter is healthy again, and like any other 2nd grade girl.

This whole thing is like a dream, she said.

Eule said its awesome Sabrina is now happy, healthy, and taking ballet classes and piano lessons. The two will meet for the first time Thursday night.

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