Clemmons teenager undergoes successful bone-marrow transplant

Ben Swink of Clemmons (Swink family/Winston-Salem Journal)

Ben Swink of Clemmons (Swink family/Winston-Salem Journal)

CLEMMONS, N.C. — Ben Swink of Clemmons celebrated his 13th birthday Thursday at Duke University Medical Center, but it was one of the happiest birthdays in years.

His bone marrow transplant on Oct. 25 was successful and his white blood cell production is now up.

“They focus on the white cell growth first to protect from infections,” said his mother, Sharon Swink, according to The Winston-Salem Journal. “It is so exciting and is exceeding my expectations.”

They are still awaiting signs that the platelets and red cells are growing.

Ben was diagnosed with life-threatening aplastic anemia at age 4: his low platelets put him at risk of bleeding to death and his low white cells could allow a life-threatening infection. Ben also has mild autism.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal.

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