Sunday, June 26, 2005

from Cleveland Clinic

Date: Sun, 26 Jun 2005 16:06:07 -0500
From: Raymond Dueck
We were referred to you by Dr Bob Friesen and by Sharon Boychuk Our daughter, Renee, had SCIDS and received a bone marrow transplant in NYC at MSKCC under Dr Richard O'REILLY 21 years ago. This year she was on tour in the US and suffered several occasions of swelling/bruising on her legs. On Tuesday she dropped in to a Cleveland Clinic. They did blood tests and bone marrow aspirations and determined that she has acute myelogenous leukemia. She was admitted to hospital on Friday. Her doctor here is Brad Pohlman, M.D. a member of the transplant team
Cleveland Clinic may be a good hospital but Winnipeg is home for us. What complicates the situation is her unmatched bone marrow transplant when she was a baby. Dr O'Reilly's team did a stem cell transplant using bone marrow from her mother. Dr O'Reilly feels that the safest place to treat her is at Memorial in NYC. We expect to fly to NYC with her on Monday.
If you and Dr O'Reilly could agree that the chemo therapy could be done in Winnipeg, then we would return with her as soon as Dr O'Reilly gives the go-ahead.
If you agree that MSKCC is the right place for her to get the best treatment, we will need a letter from you to Manitoba Health to that effect, so that they will pick up most of the tab for the treatment.
Dr O'Reilly can be contacted at O'Reilly, Richard J. Chairman, Department of Pediatrics; Chief, Pediatric Bone Marrow Transplant Service; Claire L. Tow Chair in Pediatric Oncology Research (212) 639-5957
Your time and effort is much appreciated.
On behalf of Renee
Raymond & Martha Dueck

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