Baby ‘Close to Death’ From Blood Disease Was Saved by Anonymous Donor

July 18, 2017 Updated: July 18, 2017

A 7-month-old baby diagnosed with a rare condition was close to death—but an anonymous donor stepped in and saved her life.

Denniya Rawls was born with the potentially deadly genetic blood disease known as hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis. Doctors said that when she was admitted to Cleveland Clinic Children’s Hospital, she was “close to death,” WKYC reported.

“She was really almost in liver failure and could not breathe well,” said Dr. Rabi Hanna, the department chairman of Pediatrics Hematology Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplantation.

But a bone marrow transplant came in from an anonymous 54-year-old, thereby saving her life.

After spending 100 days or so in the hospital, Denniya returned to Cleveland’s east side last Thursday, July 13. “We wanted to be able to bring her home and get back to raising our daughter and enjoying those moments when you have a healthy baby,” Denniya’s mom, Robin Rawls, told ABC. “It’s a blessing to have my family back together.”

She’s now on medication and will be closely monitored.

“Bless his heart, wherever he is,” her parents told WKYC. “We can’t wait to meet him because this is our miracle baby right here!”

“Words really can’t explain it. I’m so grateful,” father Dennard Rawls said. “[Donating marrow] is a painful process so for [the donor] to endure that for our daughter, we can never repay [the donor].