Son’s successful stem cell transplant best Mother’s Day present

Son's successful stem cell transplant best Mother's Day present (Image 1)
Son's successful stem cell transplant best Mother's Day present (Image 1)

Carrie Yokley and her family stayed at the Ronald McDonald House in Nashville while her 13-year-old son Ryan received lifesaving treatment.

On Friday afternoon, Yokley said her prayers were answered. Doctors said her son’s stem cell transplant was a success, curing him of two diseases, Burton’s and Crohn’s.

She said that is the best Mother’s Day gift she could have hoped for.

“You think your kids are the best gift you can get, but then you get a gift like this, [he gets] a second chance to be a little boy,” said Yokley.

Carrie Yokley will celebrate Mother’s Day at the Ronald McDonald House, along with 32 other mothers going through a similar experience.

“It’s just a nice time for them to put aside the worries they have about their child’s illness and celebrate being a mother and getting to be with their children,” said Heather Powell, with the Ronald McDonald House Charities.

Ryan cannot be around other people until his immune system improves. Yokley said Ryan felt bad that he could not do more with his mother on the special day.

She assured him, this Mother’s Day she received everything she wanted.

“I said we’re together, I have you all, that’s the best Mother’s Day present ever,” said Yokley.

The Ronald McDonald House Charities of Nashville provides a home away from home for families of critically ill children receiving care at Nashville area hospitals.

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