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Hero principal dies after bone marrow procedure for teen

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Posted By: harleynyc, 4/9/2019 7:30:37 PM

A selfless New Jersey principal died trying to help save the life of a 14-year-old boy he never met, his family said on Tuesday. Derrick Nelson, the 44-year-old principal of Westfield High School fell into a coma in February after a procedure to donate bone marrow to a sick teenager in France. “After the procedure he did, he couldn’t speak and was lying in the bed,” his father, 81-year-old Willie Nelson told the NJ Advance Media Tuesday. “His eyes were open and he realized who we were. But he couldn’t move. He never spoke again. ”The family of the 20-year officer with the US Army Reserve, including his parents, fiancee and the


I posted this because I believe we should all honor this selfless and brave soldier.

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Reply 1 - Posted by: MeiDei 4/9/2019 7:55:21 PM (No. 28746)
What an incredibly unselfish act - how sad! May God in his mercy comfort those he left behind.
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Reply 2 - Posted by: DVC 4/9/2019 8:02:13 PM (No. 28749)
What a tragedy. That was a selfless act.

Seems like a serious medical malfunction somewhere. That shouldn´t have been that risky a procedure. Typically pulling some marrow out of a bone with a large needle, from what I have read. How does that turn into a dying patient?
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Reply 3 - Posted by: jimincalif 4/9/2019 8:05:48 PM (No. 28747)
RIP. I also didn´t think the extraction was terribly risky. But sometimes things go wrong. Very sad in a case like this.
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Reply 4 - Posted by: 49 Ford 4/9/2019 8:12:10 PM (No. 28740)
# 3 is right, you just never know. May Derrick Nelson - a better man than I - enjoy the communion of the saints.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: Phooey 4/9/2019 8:24:01 PM (No. 28742)
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends."
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Pepper Tree 4/9/2019 8:52:09 PM (No. 28744)
Death by doctor.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: mizzmac 4/9/2019 9:18:23 PM (No. 28748)
God bless him, and comfort those he loved.
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Reply 8 - Posted by: davew 4/9/2019 9:56:01 PM (No. 28750)
Only a very tiny number of blood cell related diseases require actual extraction of bone marrow cells from the hip of the donor. The procedure is not really risky and can be done under local anesthesia but most people prefer to get a general for comfort. I sat through my wife´s bone marrow biopsy and it took about 15 minutes to draw out the fluid. For the vast majority of stem cell donations the cells are extracted from the peripheral blood just like a blood donation from a vein which is very low risk. This is a very sad but fortunately very uncommon reaction to this life saving donation procedure.
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Reply 9 - Posted by: ColonialAmerican1623 4/10/2019 3:29:12 AM (No. 28739)
Rest in peace.
They mentioned he had apnea and they were concerned about anesthesia. I would like to know more about this. Anybody here know?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Catherine 4/10/2019 4:19:20 AM (No. 28745)
This is the stuff that makes heroes. God bless this man and may he rest in peace. My sympathies to his family.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: MeiDei 4/10/2019 9:00:11 AM (No. 28743)
#9 I just learned that those with somewhat advanced COPD are considered very poor surgery subjects; with advanced COPD anesthesia is not an option. Add to that - all surgery is risky.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 4/10/2019 4:09:52 PM (No. 28741)
Well, assuming there´s no medical malfeasance, that´s certainly going to revise the mantra that there´s no risk involved.
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