A Regina boy who received national attention for the community’s response to his rare medical condition is getting the transplant he desperately needs.
Eight year old Vonn Chorneyko has Fanconi anemia, a disorder which impedes his body’s ability to produce blood cells.
His mother Ashley said this summer, the family is flying to Toronto so her son can get a transplant.
“We don’t have any one in Saskatchewan who can do transplants, because we don’t have a childrens hospital being a small centre,” she said. “They recommend we take him to transplant while he’s still relatively healthy and before he gets too sick.”
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Back in February, a drive was held at the Co-Operators Centre to find a potential match for Vonn. Over 3000 people showed up to get swabbed, and Chorneyko says she is still waiting to hear back about all of the results.
“I’m sure some of those have gone through the database and been entered,” she said, “End of February, we did that.”
“They said it would take four to six weeks.”
Until that time comes, Chorneyko has her mind open to considering all transplant options available for her son.
“We’re going to look at cord blood options and unrelated donor options.”