Holland's bone marrow transplant moved up

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Scheduled for April 30

By Marty Finley

A bone marrow transplant for a local teenager that was scheduled for May has been moved to late April.

Andrew Holland, 16, will undergo the transplant April 30 in Louisville, bumped up from May 13. The bone marrow was harvested from Holland’s own stem cells.

Holland’s mother, Regina Hensley, said doctors shifted the procedure because her son has been unable to undergo chemotherapy in recent weeks because of illness, including a round of ear infections. Hensley said physicians informed her that nothing is normal about Holland’s diagnosis with Ewing Sarcoma and he could be hospitalized between 14 and 16 weeks after the transplant.

The stem cell transplant is needed to replenish Holland’s blood cells and immune system, which are depleted from intense rounds of chemotherapy.

Hensley said a CAT scan also has been scheduled because Holland has been experiencing inflammation in his ribs.

Fundraisers for Holland are at Gatti’s Pizza locations in Elizabethtown and Leitchfield on April 25 to help the family with expenses, Hensley said.