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CMN Miracle Child: Kolby Greenlee

Fighting Two Deadly Diseases

Kolby Greenlee is only 18-months-old. He's been in and out of hospitals 16 times during his early life. He's battling two dangerous diseases.

18-month-old Kolby Greenlee has reasons to have his bad days. He's battling an infection doctors are treating with antibiotics.

Needles have been a big part of Kolby's life since he was 6-months-old, when doctors diagnosed him with Krohn's Disease. That means his intestinal track is constantly torn up and causes bleeding.

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Pediatrician Dr. David Waagner, who specializes in infectious diseases, is one of five doctors caring for Kolby.

"We managed his infections with his Krohn's Disease. He showed improvement. Then, a member of our pathologist staff was reviewing Kolby's blood smears one day and noticed that Kolby had developed some leukemic cells," said Dr. Waagner.

Three months ago, the Greenlee's found out Kolby not only had Krohn's Disease but Juvenile Myelomonocytic Leukemia a very dangerous and life threatening condition.

"We were really shocked about it at first because he had been having problems. We thought we had figured it out with Krohn's Disease, and then when they told us that he had Leukemia, it threw us for a loop," said Kenny Greenlee, Kolby's father.

As soon as Kolby's infection goes away, doctors will administer a very strong dose of chemotherapy they say will physically wipe him out. Then, doctors say Kolby's only chance for survival is a bone marrow transplant.

The donor is Kolby's older brother, Kaden, who is only 3-years-old.

"With techniques and after the bone marrow transplant, the most optimistic survival rate for Kolby is 25%," said Dr. Douglas Klepper, Kolby's general pediatrician.

"We're pretty confident it might workout alright," said Angie Greenlee, Kolby's mother.

And it's Kolby's smile and energy that gives his parents that confidence. A sparkle of hope, even knowing there's a chance they could lose him.

"You try not to think about it. If you think about it too much, you're going to get depressed. We're confident they're going to do everything they can. We've got the best doctors, that we know of, that could possibly be working on him," said Angie.

"We'd be wrong to think that all of our Children's Miracle Network kids are going to survive their illness. We know that some are not, no matter what our best efforts are, but we can make that transition easier. CMN allows us to make that transition easy also along with curing many kids," said Dr. Klepper.

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