He’s not completely out of the woods yet, but for the first time, Jonathan Pitre may be looking at a future free from severe pain.
The 16-year-old Ottawa resident got the news he and his family had been waiting for on Tuesday as white blood cells belonging to his mother began appearing in his body.
Pitre suffers from epidermolysis bullosa (EB), a rare but debilitating condition that makes his skin extremely fragile and prone to blistering. The bath and bandage change that he needed every two days took three to four hours to complete and would leave him exhausted.
Last fall, Pitre and his mother, Tina Boileau, travelled to Minnesota to try their luck with a dangerous and agonizing — but potentially life-altering — treatment.
As part of a clinical trial, Pitre received a stem-cell transplant with donor tissue from his mother and underwent chemotherapy that decimated his immune system and allowed the donated cells to take hold.
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