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Howard girl meets bone marrow donor who saved her life

HOWARD, WI (WTAQ) - After getting a life saving transplant 3 years ago, a young Green Bay area girl has met her donor.

Chrestean Werth and his wife traveled from his home in northern Germany to meet Mira Erdmann of Howard.

She was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that affects just 1 in every 1.2 million people.

Doctors said her only chance of survival was to get a bone marrow transplant. Werth learned that he was a match for the young girl, just 3 months after he became a donor.

Scientists harvested his stem cells, and they were shipped to Mira's doctors who were in Cincinnati.

Mira survived several complications after her transplant. At one point, her chances of surviving were only five percent -- but she pulled through.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)