Two-year-old Owen Hogan needs a perfectly matched bone marrow donor in order to survive a rare blood condition.
The 2-year-old son of an FDNY firefighter was recently diagnosed with a potentially fatal blood disorder and desperately needs a bone marrow transplant to survive.
The adorable little boy, Owen Hogan, has been undergoing blood transfusions at least once a week since he tested positive in April for aplastic anemia, a rare condition that slows the body’s production of new blood cells.
“We are staying as optimistic as we can,” said the boy’s father, Tim Hogan, an eight-year veteran firefighter with Engine Co. 216 in Brooklyn. “But every now and then it will just hit us.”
Hogan and his wife, Kathleen — who also have a 6-month-old son, Ethan — brought Owen to a doctor after spotting a curious bruising pattern on his legs.
“We noticed they weren’t consistent with any falls,” said Hogan, adding that the couple also saw red spots on Owen’s skin. The markings would later prove to be symptoms of the disorder.
Doctors began to treat him with a careful dose of medications that severely weakened his immune system. This means he cannot leave the family’s Long Island home for fear of getting sick. But doctors reported no response to any of the treatments, prompting them to pursue a bone marrow transplant — which includes serious risk.
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Because of medications currently used to treat his aplastic anemia, Owen Hogan's immune system is severely weakened.
If a perfect match is found, Owen has a 90% chance of surviving. But if doctors are forced to use an imperfect match, the survival rate plummets to about 40%, Hogan said.
The family is holding a drive to look forti potenal donors at Floral Park Bellerose Elementary School in Floral Park, Queens, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturday. A similar event will be held at Floral Park Village Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Nov. 9.
Anyone interested in more information can go to AHeroForOwen.com.