COLUMBIA, SC (WACH) ?? Six-year-old Jayden Watts was first diagnosed with Leukemia at the age of four and he seemingly beat the disease. Nineteen months into his remission, Jayden??s family was hit with devastating news again.
??Whenever he woke up that morning, he was complaining of stomach pains,?? said Chelsea Watts, Jayden??s mother.
Chelsea took her son to the doctor where Jayden did a CAT scan. The results were leukemia on his kidneys.
??I didn??t know what to think,?? said Chelsea.
Doctors told Jayden??s parents that he would need a bone marrow transplant. All of the Watts family tested their blood to see if they were possible matches.
Like many in need of a bone marrow transplant, they could be placed on a waiting list. However, Jayden??s journey was different. His bone marrow donor ended up as his three year old sister, Caroline, who is a 10 out of 10 match with his bone marrow.
??We keep saying you??re Jayden??s hero, and she says yes I am,?? said Chelsea.
The Watts will travel to the Medical University of South Carolina this December for the operation.
Jayden has already started chemotherapy that will be followed by radiation and the bone marrow transplant from his sister.
The doctors say that after the procedure, Caroline should recover within three weeks to a month.
??She will resume normal,?? said Joey Watts, Jayden and Caroline??s father. ??No long term risk. The bone marrow regenerates itself.??
Chelsea and Joey Watts welcome prayers and community support to help Jayden beat cancer this time.
Anyone who would like to keep up with Jayden??s journey can go to www.facebook.com/jaydensjourney461.