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Transplant recipient becomes voice for patients


Ines Lukombo received a bone marrow transplant for Sickle Cell Anemia on August 26, 2009 at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC at the age of 17. She was a senior at Crete-Monee high school in Chicago at the time of the transplant and was homeschooled during the process. Ines’ eight-year-old sister, Martha was a matched sibling donor who jokingly offered her bone marrow in exchange for onion rings.

Ines is now 23 years old and a student at the University of Pittsburgh studying Molecular Biology and English writing. She has since returned to the Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and worked with the Sickle Cell team as a research assistant. She has dedicated her life to Sickle Cell research and plans to make it part of her career as a Hematologist.

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