OKLAHOMA CITY — An Oklahoma teen’s battle with a rare blood disease almost cost him his life. 141 Oklahomans helped save his life by donating blood.
You know there is something about Quinn Bradley when you first meet him. He is well spoken, a gentleman, but there is something more.
“It’s kind of matured me a lot faster than natural maturity,” 14-year-old Quinn Bradley said.
The kid has a mature outlook on life. He not only helps raise his six younger siblings, he’s had to fight for his life.
“When I was born, I had a genetic disorder called Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome,” Bradley said.
He had frequent and extensive episodes of bleeding, especially through his nose.
“It means that they just don’t have enough platelets,” his mother Rosalinda Bradley said. “Bleeding is a problem. A little bruise becomes a huge bruise.”
As Quinn got older, his condition grew worse. His body could not form blood clots. Bradley ended up in the hospital clinging to life.
“I got close to death but I was asleep. So my parents had the hard part on that one,” Bradley said.
“As a parent you never want to lose a child, and we were pretty much that; we probably would lose him,” Rosalinda Bradley said.
Of Quinn’s six siblings, two were a positive bone marrow match. His 12-year-old sister, Nadine, was the closest in age and donated marrow to save her brother’s life.
“They would use chemo therapy to kill off mine and replace it with my sister’s,” Bradley said. “That way I wouldn’t have a platelet problem. I would have my sister’s blood instead.”
However, she is not the only one who helped him fight the battle so did 141 blood and platelet donors.
“While he waited for his sister’s marrow, he needed that blood from the donors and the platelets from the owners to buy him time to keep him stable until his body could recover and start making his own,” Rosalinda Bradley said.
Now healthy and home again, Quinn Bradley had the opportunity to meet some of those donors in person.
“I cried some,” Quinn Bradley said. “It was really awesome especially because just the feeling that someone has saved your life. I knew my sister had, but it was a whole different perspective when a complete stranger gave blood to save somebody else.”
There is a slim chance that Quinn Bradley’s condition could return, but he has made a full recovery and is each day enjoying life with no physical restrictions.