Louisville man meets life-saving bone marrow donor from Germany

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by Maggie Ruper

WHAS11.com

Posted on June 30, 2013 at 8:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 30 at 8:21 PM

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Sam Miller, 49, was running out of options in January of 2011 when he was battling his second round of Leukemia at Vanderbilt Medical Center. He needed a bone marrow transplant. Luckily, thousands of miles away in Germany, there was a match.

“I never expected that they would really need me, but you never know what happens,” said Christian Rennertz.

“Right before the transplant I knew my donor was a male and he was 25 and that's all I knew,” said Miller.

International donation rules wouldn’t allow them to meet for two years and only if both parties agreed. This weekend the two men, who call themselves brothers, met. Rennertz flew to Louisville.

“To save someone's life it's a feeling you have for the rest of your life. I like to remember this feeling when I’m sad and it makes me happy every time,” said Rennertz.

The two are hoping to educate others to be a match and donate bone marrow. New technology has made the procedure less invasive. For more information visit http://bethematch.org/Home.aspx
 

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