By Kate Merrill, WBZ-TVBy Kate Merrill

BOSTON (CBS) — “This is a really great moment,” said Dr. Eyal Attar.

In a small room inside Mass General is a meeting almost two years in the making.

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Erin Cortright said, “It’s amazing what she did. Extraordinary is the word I would use.”

Carrie Atkins saved Erin Cortright’s life.

WBZ-TV’s Kate Merrill reports.

Cortright said, “They gave us a time line that I would die in two to four months.”

Cortright had Leukemia and was told there was nothing left to do; she was at hospice ready to die. And then she met Dr. Eyal Attar at Mass General Hospital.

He offered a long shot, an experimental bone marrow transplant. Atkins, a nursing student from Florida, member of the military and total stranger, was a match and agreed to help

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Atkins said, “I’m so overwhelmed by it, I just didn’t think about the big impact such a huge impact and that it work”

The two women never met until now, but both always wondered about the other.

Cortright said, “I always felt this wouldn’t be complete until I could thank her in person for what she did for me returning me to my role as a mother as a wife.”

A selfless act that is now a life long bond.

“To see where it went and her family loves her and she’s the same age as my mom. I would want someone to do that for my mom,” said Atkins.

Erin is doing great and doctors say may never see her Leukemia again.

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Her goal is to see her son graduate on May 15. Her doctors say that will happen.

Kate Merrill