The timing was right, with Christmas break less than two weeks away. She was eager and determined to return to school, and she vowed to make a speedy recovery.
For the next three weeks, we were faced with a battery of tests. But no test could compete with the hours China spent on a hospital cot, watching the machine spinning its wheels, draining marrow from her frail body. The harvesting process involved her being hooked up to a machine through a vein port: blood was slowly drawn into the machine, which then syphoned her marrow.
She required some form of anesthesia for the procedure. Since her cells had to be cancer-free, the cells were frozen until ready to be transfused into her body after receiving . . .
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