KDLT Home KDLT on Facebook KDLT on Twitter Get the KDLT iPhone App Get the KDLT Android App

9 Yr Old Transplant Survivor Meets His Donor

Bookmark and Share

If someone were to save your life, you would probably like the chance to tell them thank you. Nearly 4 years after a Sioux Falls boy received a life changing bone marrow transplant, he was finally able to meet the man who gave him a second chance.

From college teams, to the great Michael Jordan, Isaiah Mulder loves anything and everything related to basketball. But life hasn’t always been a slam dunk for the 9 year old. When he was 4 years old he was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a disorder that caused his bone marrow to fail.

Isaiah Mulder says, “If I got flicked I would get a bruise and if I jumped from a high spot and landed hard, I'd get a couple bruises on my feet.”

If he was hurt, his body would not produce the cells needed to repair itself and it was the same story if he got sick. After months of treatments failed, Isaiah needed a bone marrow transplant. A week before his scheduled surgery, Isaiah learned a middle aged man was his match.  The man was a complete stranger living in Boston and the time.  The result was a successful donation and a new lease on life for Isaiah.

“To watch and appreciate and to enjoy each thing...him climbing stairs is amazing to me because I gave him piggybacks for months because he didn't even have the energy to do that,” says Kristin Mulder, Isaiah’s mom.

“Sometimes when I'm running and stuff I stop and think, wow, I used to have to piggy back and now I can just run by myself,” says Isaiah.

Just last week Isaiah and his family got a unique opportunity. After years of communicating only by e-mail, they hopped on a plane to North Carolina to meet Isaiah’s donor, Doug McClentic.

“To see he and Isaiah right next to each other and to see them hold hands and shake hands and hug, through all those miles brought together...that brought me to tears,” says Kristin.

For Isaiah, meeting Doug for the first time was overwhelming. He describes what it felt like to finally say thank you.
“Wow, this is the guy who has the same blood as me, who saved my life, who could have said no but he said yes,” says Isaiah.

It’s a gift that has Isaiah leading a normal, healthy life, with lots of basketball included.

Isaiah says, “I love sports, I love to hang out with my friends, I love to have sleepovers, I love play with my brothers, play video games, just like any regular boy... I feel great.”
If you or someone you know would like to become a donor, you can go to www.marrow.org to become part of the National Bone Marrow Registry.

< Prev Story Back To Top Next Story >

Firefighters Undergo Structure Collapse Training

It's not just about driving trucks, climbing ladders, or ...

Ag-Drones Show Off Skills At Dakotafest  story with video

Drones are becoming extremely popular in film making and social media, but ...

DUI Implied Consent Law Unconstitutional  story with video

Changes are coming to South Dakota's DUI laws now that the South Dakota Supreme ...

South Dakota Tops Another List  story with video  Aug. 21

Wildlife Officials Increase Limits On Lake Yankton  Aug. 21

Steamy Weather Prompts Schools To Dismiss Students  Aug. 21

Sutton Named New CEO, President At Pierre Hospital  Aug. 21

Police Arrest SF Kidnapping, Assault Suspect  Aug. 21

SD DUI Implied Consent Law Ruled Unconstitutional  Aug. 21

Judge Rules On Evidence In Pierre Teen's Trial  Aug. 21

Transportation Funding Panel To Meet In Pierre  Aug. 21

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

Presentation Gets Shot At Regaining Accreditation  Aug. 21

Federal Jury Convicts Man In Large Drug Bust  Aug. 21

El Riad Shrine To Host Midwest Shrine Association  story with video  Aug. 21

Weiland Calls Rounds 'Senator' In Forum Gaffe  Aug. 20

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant  Aug. 20

SD Gubernatorial Candidates Square Off   story with video  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

SD Groups Form Alliance Against Pipeline  Aug. 20

SD Man Sentenced Over Worker Lead Poisoning  Aug. 20

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive

Iowa Mother Charged After Girl Becomes Pregnant

Authorities say a central Iowa woman faces a child ...

Suspect Tried To Push Woman Into Lake

Sioux Falls Police are looking for a 19-year-old man ...

Neunaber's Father Died Of Natural Causes

(KTIV) The Plymouth County Sheriff released the ...

U.S. Senate Debate Surrounds EB-5 Scandal   story with video  Aug. 20

Restaurant Won't Pass Higher Wage To Workers  Aug. 21

Rapid City Teacher Faces Child Porn Charges  Aug. 20

Students Issued Chromebooks For Year Ahead  Aug. 20

South Dakota Hunger Report Released  story with video  Aug. 20

KDLT News Archive

Zenner "Freakishly" Good!  story with video

BROOKINGS, S. D.   --  South Dakota State opens their season next weekend at ...

Cougars Ready To Shock NSIC  story with video

SIOUX FALLS, S. D.   --  For the second straight year the University of Sioux Falls ...

Explorers quick start too much for Birds  story with video

Sioux Falls, SD-- The Sioux Falls Canaries were dogged by timely ...

Scheels Plays of Week from August 11th-17th  story with video  Aug. 20

Bougher pitching well for Railcats  story with video  Aug. 20

Birds go extras behind Kirby-Jones HR's  story with video  Aug. 19

MMA Fights finally come to South Dakota  story with video  Aug. 19

Kluwe, Vikings Reach Settlement To Avert Lawsuit  Aug. 19

KDLT Sports Stories
Back To Top