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Cleveland County deputy meets boy whose life he saved with bone marrow donation

KOCO Oklahoma City logo KOCO Oklahoma City 2/11/2018
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A Cleveland County deputy helped save a life by donating some of his bone marrow.

Deputy Neil McMillin joined the bone marrow registry in 2013 and, two years later, he was notified that he was a potential match for a baby.

Kayden was born with a rare medical condition and needed bone marrow.

"The one I did was the raw bone marrow harvest -- the old fashioned way," McMillin said. "Put you under, you get stabbed in the hips with the needles and everything. They draw out the bone marrow from your actual bone."

After the painful procedure, there's a certain amount of wait time until the donor and the recipient can connect. In December, McMillin traveled to Texas to visit Kayden, whose family members reached out as soon as they were able.

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