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Summary: Jesus' coming was for one primary purpose...to save us.

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Born To Save Me

Matthew 1:21

Introduction:

Patrizia Durante was her name, and she was young, attractive, intelligent, a financial advisor by profession, and was six and a half months pregnant with her first child, when she was diagnosed with acute myloid leukemia.

Acute Myloid Leukemia is a fast acting cancer of the blood cells. Blood cells are formed in the bone marrow, and normally these blood cells would be produced in an orderly, controlled way, as the body needs them. This process helps keep us healthy. But when leukemia develops, the body produces large numbers of abnormal blood cells. In most types of leukemia, the abnormal cells are white blood cells, and they do not function properly.

Since leukemia cells are abnormal, they can’t do what normal blood cells do. They can’t help the body fight infections, so people with leukemia often get infections and have fevers. Also, people with leukemia often have less than enough red blood cells to carry oxygen through the body. In this anemic condition they may look pale, feel weak and tired, and may bleed and bruise easily.

Those diagnosed with leukemia are usually treated with chemotherapy, radiation therapy, treatment with arsenic trioxide, bone marrow transplants, and in some cases, surgery to remove the spleen may be part of the treatment plan.

As if the disease itself weren’t challenge enough, Patrizia Durante’s pregnancy further complicated and limited the treatment options available. Not wanting to injure her baby, her doctors began treating her with moderate doses of chemotherapy. But to no avail...Patrizia responded not at all. In an effort to become more aggressive with treatment, her doctors induced labour, and Patrizia’s baby was born two months premature...weighing only three and a half pounds. So the baby girl was placed in an incubator while her mother renewed her chemotherapy.

Patrizia was growing more and more ill, and doctors began searching for a possible bone marrow donor. But by March she was so sick that she couldn’t wait any longer for a bone marrow transplant. As a desperate last measure, her doctors infused her with blood taken from her newborn daughter’s umbilical cord. It was risky, because there was the chance that Patrizia’s immune system would reject this infusion. But there was also the possibility that the immune system in the infant’s healthy blood cells would attack the cancerous cells in Patrizia’s body.

That’s exactly what the baby’s blood did to her mother’s leukemia. But the stem cells from the infant’s blood also flooded her mother’s bloodstream, attached themselves to the bone marrow in Patrizia’s bones, and began actually rebuilding her blood system.

The doctor in charge said, “So what is circulating in her veins now is actually her baby’s blood. She has her baby’s blood system at the present time.”

Several years later mother and daughter are healthy and happy, and from a doctor’s point of view, the chances are that Patrizia Durante is cured of leukemia.


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