Veterinarian Dr. Arvid Edward, star of Amazon’s “Pet Doctors of Atlanta,” is a frequent guest of The Doctors, commenting on pet dilemmas great and small. But off-camera, he’s been dealing with a family health crisis. Now Dr. Edward is here to tell his story.
“No matter how healthy you are, cancer doesn’t discriminate,” says Dr. Edward, “And it can affect anybody at any time.” His own brother Sylvan is a case in point – Sylvan exercised regularly, but noticed he was becoming more and more fatigued. When he almost fainted at work he visited a hospital and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia. “That was a shocker!” he says.
Sylvan’s best option was a stem-cell transplant, but his doctors weren’t able to find an appropriate match for him. The family decided to go with a donation from Dr. Edward – although the brothers were only a 6-out-of-10 match, it was hoped that a closely related donor would give better results. “Big brother to the rescue!” says Dr. Edward.
After a four-day series of injections to boost his stem-cell count, Dr. Edward makes the donation. “You’ve got to have faith because without it, you’ll fall,” he says. “It’s a gift,” says Sylvan, “I’m glad he was able to be there for me.”
On the day of the transplant, Dr. Edward is on hand. “The stem-cell transplantation procedure is quite simple,” explains Dr. Hugo Hernandez. “It’s like a blood transfusion. These cells will circulate around in his body and repopulate the bone marrow. The new immune system will actually come from his brother’s stem cells to help fight the cancer in his body.”
Now Dr. Edward joins The Doctors. “What a heartwarming story, so see a brother’s love for his little brother!” ER Physician Dr. Travis Stork greets him. Dr. Edward explains that his brother only received his diagnosis a few months ago – it’s been a bit of whirlwind.
The transplant was a few weeks ago, and Dr….