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Lymphoma and Pets
Brother Undergoes Risky Procedure to Help Lymphoma-Stricken Sister
A South Florida man agreed to have surgery in order to save his sister from a deadly form of lymphoma, NBC is reporting.
Michael Torres, in an effort to aid his 53-year-old sister, Ana, who had battled lymphoma for a number of years, agreed to a very risky stem cell transplant procedure.
"All along, I knew I was going to be fine. I just knew I was," said Ana Torres when speaking to reporters.
"He was a match, and I was like, I can't begin to tell you."
According to doctors, the procedure -- which would be extremely dangerous for anyone -- was particularly risky for Michael, who weighed in at almost 450 pounds. Despite being told by doctors that he would need to lose the weight in a hurry, Michael was committed to helping his sibling.
Following a gastric bypass surgery, Michael cannot help but to be taken aback by the change.
"I look at myself and I say, 'Oh my God,' but I know that I've lost because I wasn't able to sleep four hours before. I wasn't able to touch my hair. It would have been impossible," he said.
Ana Torres understands that it may take her brother a while to get to his necessary weight goal, but she’s maintained her trademark calm and cool.
"I said, 'Brother, you come first. You got your surgery done. Everything will come, like I said. Everything has its time. Everything has its place,'" she told reporters.
Doctors expected Michael to lose up to 150 pounds over the course of the next three months.