A family from Philadelphia was left absolutely thrilled after getting their infant twin boys back home after their 4-year-old brother which never had this condition helped save their lives. Giovanni and Santino Demasi were born prematurely and were diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD) right after birth.
The oldest brother of the three boys, 9-year-old Dominick, also had CGD as an infant, but he received a transplant of the umbilical cord from a donor around his first birthday and is considered cured to this day. This chronic disease is a rare immunodeficiency disease that increases the body's susceptibility to infections. The estimate is that it happens to 1 of 250,000 people worldwide.
The mother of the newborns told reporters that they knew it could happen but was shocked when heard that it happened to the both of them.
The 4-year-old boy, Michael, didn't have the disorder and was found to be a perfect donor match for both of his little siblings. His parents and doctors from the Children's Hospital explained to the 4-year-old what this means, and asked him if he would aid his two younger brothers in this time of need. The reply was immediate, as the little hero didn't waste one moment and was willing to go right on this saving mission right then and there.
He said "I'm a real-life superhero, I'm going to save my baby brothers", and at the end of the day that was the outcome. The procedure was scheduled for March and required the twins to go through 10 days of chemotherapy, and when that was finished, little Michael went in for his procedure first, and then went to watch his bone marrow transplanted into his two younger siblings.
The little hero always had an option to say to his mom that he is scared, or that he doesn't want to do it, but he was ready to go right after hearing the situation, and that makes him everybody's real-life superhero, and not just theirs.
In the end, little Michael said "Ok, I saved you guys. It's time to go home," and we wish them all the best of luck.