Indiana 5-year-old boy donates bone marrow to sister

SHELBYVILLE, IN (WTHR/CNN) – A Central Indiana boy is a real life superhero.

He saved his little sister’s life with a bone marrow transplant.

Sometimes the biggest heroes come in the smallest of packages.

And the best gifts are those that are shared.

5-year-old Jameson Kessler gave the gift of life saving his sister Samantha.

“Help her be better. She used to be sick,” Jameson explains.

WTHR first met Jameson last year.

He was the little guy in the skeleton costume who called himself Marrow Man.

“Because I gave her my bone marrow. I’m the only one that has the same bone marrow as Sammy,” Jameson said.

Samantha had two rare blood disorders.

Her life expectancy was only 40 years.

The only cure was a bone marrow transplant, and Jameson was a perfect match.

That’s Marrow Man in the hospital last fall.

“He was so excited. He was running through the hallways with his cape flying behind him. He was chatting up all the nurses, telling them he was gonna save Sam,” his mother Kyrie Kessler remembers.

“I had to get a little poke in my back. Two pokes!” Jameson said.

“He was quite the super hero,” Kyrie said.

“I didn’t even cry,” Jameson said.

“I didn’t cry either!!” Sammy said.

The procedure was risky.

Samantha’s body could have rejected his cells.

Complications and infections were dangers, too.

And while the last eight months of recovery weren’t always easy, doctors say now Samantha is fully healed.

“It was quite the miracle. And I give the doctors some credit, but it was, it was all him. (laughs),” Kyrie said.

A superhero with the power to heal.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is granting a wish for Samantha.

She’s deciding between a trip to Disney World and a swim with the dolphins.

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