Tuesday, June 7, 2011
After fighting for years with insurance companies, and after hundreds of fundraisers held by Wichitans, the day finally came for Kyle Hicks to get a chance at a new beginning. Kyle has Epidermolysis, a rare and debilitating skin disease that causes his skin to be covered in sores.
Kyle received a bone marrow transplant at the University of Minnesota Hospital. After more than three years of waiting, the transplant took only eleven minutes.
In fact, Kyle calls the day of his transplant, June 7, his new birthday. Now 19, Kyle has had Epidermolysis since the day he was born. Everyday of his life since birth, Kyle and his mother have endured the two-hour ordeal of periodically changing the bandages he must wear wrapped around his body. The disease is very painful, but most importantly, without today's transplant, Kyle would have likely lived just a few more years.
"I guess we want to thank everyone who has given of their time, their money, and their prayers," Jerree Hicks, Kyle's mother said. "We still need their prayers, but we are so happy right now."