Caregivers and family members recently witnessed a heartwarming connection that spanned two continents: Anthony Zagami of Queens finally had the chance to thank Martina Kager of Munich, Germany, in person for her selfless bone marrow donation that helped him survive his battle with acute myelogenous leukemia.
When Mr. Zagami experienced unusual weakness and exhaustion in 2006, he was mildly concerned about his symptoms. An avid runner, he attributed them to overtraining for an upcoming marathon. After a medical evaluation, Mr. Zagami received his diagnosis that June.
After Mr. Zagami’s diagnosis in June, he remained in North Shore University Hospital until November, when he received a bone marrow transplant. After recuperating for six weeks, Mr. Zagami went home.
The occasion of Mr. Zagami’s and Ms. Kager’s life-changing meeting was the Seventh Annual Celebration of Life Dinner of North Shore University Hospital’s Don Monti Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury. The event is a highlight for bone marrow donors and recipients, family members, healthcare professionals and supporters.
Mr. Zagami summed up the spirit of the reunion in just a few words: “I think Martina is going to be like a sister to me. We are always going to stay in contact. It’s a very happy ending.”