SuperHero Four-Year-Old Boy to Donate His Bone Marrow to Save His Little Twin Brothers

Bioethics   |   Micaiah Bilger   |   Feb 23, 2018   |   5:11PM   |   Washington, DC

A 4-year-old superhero has come to the rescue of his little brothers.

Michael, 4, of Philadelphia, is scheduled to donate bone marrow to his infant twin brothers in March to save them from a rare, life-threatening disease, according to the Daily Mail.

His brothers, Santino and Giovanni, were born in October, and have been staying in the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia ever since then.

The twins have primary chronic granulomatous disease, an immunodeficiency disorder that “increases the body’s susceptibility to infections caused by certain bacteria and fungi,” according to the report.

Michael is a good match, and his mother, Robin Pownall, said he is eager to help his brothers.

“He could have said: ‘No mommy, I’m too scared and I don’t want to,’ but he’s ready to go,” Pownall told Fox 11 News. “When he gets the labs for the pre-testing, the nurses are amazed. They’re like: ‘I cannot believe how brave he is.’ And he really is. It gives me chills.”

The hospital is scheduled to perform the transplant on March 8.

Here’s more from the report:

Due to their condition, even a mild infection curable with antibiotics in healthy people could kill Santino and Giovanni. 

They babies and their parents have been at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia since their birth in October, unable to leave for fear that the boys could be exposed to a pathogen outside the facility.

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Their mother, Robin Pownwall, and her fiance have had to quit their jobs, and Robin spends most of her time at the hospital.

When she was pregnant with the twins, Pownall said she knew there was a risk that they could have the disease. Her oldest son was born with it, too. And while some might have considered abortion, she said they “put it in God’s hands.”

When Michael was found to be a match, she said she and the doctors both discussed the situation with Michael and asked him if it was something he wanted to do.

“He said, ‘Is this going to save their lives?’ I said yes, and he said, ‘Let’s do this,’” Pownall said.

Proud of her son, Pownall said she tells Michael that he is a “superhero.”