She Passed Out in the ER
Removing Barriers – Laneater’s Story
Laneater Johnson was working from home; she didn’t feel well all morning. On her first break of the day, she had chills that made her shake uncontrollably. She realized she had a fever, so she took some Tylenol and decided it was best to go to the emergency room.
She knew something wasn’t right; maybe it was a urinary tract infection.
After the triage assessment they give you when you visit the ER, they sent her to the waiting room to wait for a doctor, but she passed out.
Laneater was rushed to undergo all kinds of tests. They didn’t know what was wrong. She was right about having an infection, her body was septic. When the results came back, she was diagnosed with AML (acute myeloid leukemia).
She was immediately transported to Medical City Dallas to undergo 45 days of intense chemotherapy treatment.
A Long Process
She went through a long process that included many inpatient visits for continued tests and chemotherapy. Those treatments went on for about a year before they determined that she needed a bone marrow transplant.
There were no matching donors for her on the national registry, so they tested her siblings and her children.
Everyone in the family was a half-match, but her youngest daughter represented the best possible match.
In June 2022, Laneater received a blood stem cell transplant from her daughter.
Laneater was not able to work since that very first visit to the emergency room. Even after finally receiving her bone marrow transplant, she still couldn’t return home.
Since she lived more than 50 miles from the transplant center, she was required to stay nearby for continued monitoring until the hematologist released her.
Fortunately, she was released soon after.
The Icla da Silva Foundation supports patients undergoing a bone marrow or cord blood transplant. Our Icla Cares program removes barriers to treatment with emotional, logistical, and financial assistance during treatment.
Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we were able to help Laneater with a small grant to offset lodging expenses while receiving follow-up treatment at Medical City Dallas. Her stay was shorter than expected, but that didn’t stop Laneater from showing how grateful she was to receive assistance.
“This support came when I was in dire need, I didn’t know where I was going to get the rest of the money.”
It has been a long journey, but her doctors say she is doing well. Laneater looks great, and she smiles as she tells us that she can’t wait for her hair to grow back.
Watch Laneater share her story
We have high hopes for her continued recovery.
Please consider supporting the mission of the Icla da Silva Foundation. Your donation will help more patients like Laneater. Your gift will support bone marrow patients with critical needs.
Together we will continue to make a difference.
Written by: Bret Itskowitch