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Aug 4, 2010 4:41 PM by Carina Corral

Orcutt siblings a perfect match, recovering from bone marrow transplant


An update to a remarkable story of brotherly love out of Orcutt.

12-year-old Nathan Cofield donated his bone marrow to his sister, 15-year-old Madelyn, who was diagnosed with leukemia last year.

The transplant surgery was April 13.

After more than 100 days in the hospital, it was an emotional homecoming to say the least for Maddi.

" When we got of the freeway her friends had posted signs right of the freeway as we got off the off ramp and all the way up to the house and they were all waiting on the front porch," said Maddi's mom while fighting back tears.

One of the happiest ones to have her home is her brother Nathan who, with his bone marrow, saved her life. " It makes me happier and happier everyday, it only gets better," he said.

As for Maddi, she feels great and has her energy back, but it is the restrictions that get her down. " If I get sick it could be really bad for me, so I just do things around the house... It makes me sad."

All the things teens love to do like eat out, shop, hang with her friends (away from home), she cannot do.

She often has to wear a mask because just dust particles can make her sick.

There is one upside, though, her restrictions include, no housework!

Maddi smiled and laughed as her mom said, " She can't even be in the same room when we're vacuuming or cleaning."

If all goes well doctors will lift her restrictions in six months; however, it takes about a year to fully recover.

A small price to pay for a full life ahead.

Maddy and Nathan don't want the brotherly love doesn't end here.

" Without him, if he wasn't a match, I don't know where I'd be right now," said Maddi.

" If you can, do it, save someone's life," said Nathan.

A match made in heaven, hoping others find theirs here on earth.

Click here to learn how to become a bone marrow donor.

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