Marrow transplant helping speed skater Talbot's brother

January 26, 1994|By Mike Preston

Jason Talbot, 19, brother of U.S. Olympic speed skater Kristen Talbot, has shown steady progress after the bone marrow transplant from his older sister on Jan. 11 at Johns Hopkins Hospital.

Jason Talbot has aplastic anemia, a rare and potentially fatal condition that attacks the bone marrow and slows production of red and white blood cells. According to Jason Talbot, his white blood cell count has risen from 41 to 500 after chemotherapy treatments designed to kill his white blood cells so they would not clash with the transplanted cells.

Talbot says the normal white-cell count is 10,000, and once he gets to 1,000, he'll be able to leave the hospital.

Jason Talbot was on a teleconference call with Kristen, who is in Calgary, Alberta, preparing for this weekend's world sprint championships.

At a critical stage in his recovery, there are no signs his body will reject Kristen's marrow. He could be out of the hospital before the Olympic Games begin Feb. 12.

"I feel relieved now that everything's going better, and that Jason's getting better," Kristen Talbot said. "I would just like to say, 'Go white cells.' "

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