Columbia-Richland Fire received word this week that little James Nuovo has gone through his bone marrow transplant at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and is now recovering there with his parents by his side.
James, who is the son of CFD Firefighter Mark Nuovo, has been living with a rare genetic blood disorder and needed the transplant in order to correct his very fragile immune system.
His mother Courtney Nuovo provided the following statement on behalf of the family:
James just had his bone marrow transplant on October 12th! We have waited for this bittersweet moment for over 2 years, so it was very over whelming and emotional.
The transplant went well and he was upset for a little bit from the constant monitoring. Today he is sick, throwing up, has lots of diarrhea, he is very weak and can’t walk right now. We were told he is experiencing the early side effects from his chemo and the transplant and this is just the beginning for the next couple of weeks. He is being very closely watched and is on many intravenous medications to support his immune system and to keep his body from rejecting the bone marrow transplant.
He has a long road to recovery and wont be out of the woods for a few months. Every thought and prayer for his strength and recovery would be very appreciated.
Now that the procedure is behind him James is likely going to be recuperating in Atlanta for the time being. The Nuovos say the costs of that care will continue to be high.
Relatives of the Nuovos have planned a Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser for this Saturday October 20, 2018 to benefit the family. It will be held at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in West Columbia from 12 p.m. until 2 p.m. The cost of a dinner is $10.
A Go Fund Me page has also been set up for the family which you can find by clicking here.