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.READ MORE: Woman Killed After Commuter Rail Train Hits Car In Wilmington
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 helpREAD MORE: DA: Tyngsboro Police Tried To Stop Car Before Fatal Crash With Garbage Truck
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.MORE NEWS: Bryan Purdie Held Without Bail For Alleged Home Invasion, Kidnapping In Falmouth
Her goal is to see her son graduate on May 15. Her doctors say that will happen.