Bone marrow recipient from Georgia travels to Houston to meet life-saving donor for first time


Sixty-three-year-old Bertrand Lynn Thomas, of Georgia, underwent a marrow transplant after being diagnosed with MDS, a type of leukemia. His relatives were not a good match, so he turned to an anonymous donor.

Thomas says he had a prognosis of only two and a half months.

He received a transplant in November 2011, and on Friday, Thomas traveled to Houston to meet Charles Carter, the man who saved his life.

"To you all, this is just a fundraiser, but there's more than that. You're saving lives, a lot of lives. You saved my life. Glad to do it, sir," Thomas said.

Carter donated his bone marrow, here in Houston, at the Texas Medical Center. He was matched to a recipient 13 years after first signing up.

He encourages everyone to sign up to be a bone marrow donor and help save someone's live.

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