Reporter: Shannon Samson
New Media Producer: Kerry Corum
Someone who's been through a bone marrow transplant says Officer Shroer is probably going through the worst of his ordeal with the chemo.
Dusty Jourdan, 21-years-old, had a bone marrow transplant last year and it went so well, he's back on the pitcher's mound for USI's baseball team.
Dusty Jourdan didn't have leukemia like Officer Shroer. He had aplastic anemia, a rare but extremely serious disorder that happens when the bone marrow fails to produce blood cells. Dusty's best shot at beating it was a bone marrow transplant, as long as a suitable donor could be found.
Under anesthesia, doctors insert a large bore needle into the top of the donor's pelvis and remove a quantity of bone marrow. The process is repeated until about a pint is collected.
Aplastic anemia is easier to cure with a bone marrow transplant than acute leukemia. AML patients usually start out with just chemotherapy and have an 80 percent chance of going into complete remission, but only a 40 percent chance of maintaining it.