CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - Now confirmed: sweet 8-month-old Remington Simmons in Gastonia has two genetic mutations. Her older sister Jaclyn was also tested, and has one.
Apparently their parents, Heather and Dillon Simmons, are both unknowing carriers of genetic mutations.
What this means is Remington must have a bone marrow transplant. It’ll be done at the Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. Remington is already there with her mom.
Today - Tuesday, May 14 – Remington will start the prep regime for the bone marrow transplant; actual procedure will be May 30. After that, this Gaston County girl will remain in Ohio 6-12 months post-transplant.
“Jaclyn was only a 50 percent match for her sister,” Heather said. “So Remington will have an unrelated donor. We have been really fortunate as she has two 100 percent matched anonymous donors.”
Neither of those donors are related to Remington. The one selected is only described as a “young female who lives in the U.S.”
“We are so thankful for her selflessness to donate life to our little girl,” Heather said. “It’s an indescribable feeling.”
It is for that reason that Heather is encouraging people to join www.bethematch.org.
“It’s completely free,” this grateful mother said. “It’s helping my daughter now, and will likely help her with future transfusions.”
You can follow more about Remington and the donor process on her Caringbridge site.
Good luck, Remington, and mom, and family.
Six-to-twelve months in a hospital can be a lot. Especially away from home.
Many of us here back home are thinking of you and the journey – please, keep us updated.
**Editor’s note: This is about one of #MollysKids, children WBTV Anchor Molly Grantham follows closely on her Facebook page. It was first published there, which is why it’s written in a personal way. For years Molly has followed hundreds of kids with uphill medical battles. Find this story and updates on all #MollysKids here.