Girl, stem cell donor meet for first time to celebrate both lives

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SCHAUMBURG, Ill -- A 2nd grade girl celebrated her life today by meeting the man who saved it.

8-year-old Sabrina Chahir was waging a long battle with a severe form of blood cancer. That is until a man from Germany stepped up to donate his stem cells to be used for her transplant.

Thursday Sabrina met her donor, 30-year-old Maximilain Eule at a special celebration courtesy of the owners of Pilot Pete’s.

In 2011, he donated stem cells to Sabrina who had been diagnosed with a severe form of leukemia at the age of 2. Chemo, and radiation treatments failed Sabrina, who had even lost her eyesight.

Eule was found after a search of a European database of potential stem cell donors. This was after the U.S. list was exhausted.

“Sabrina is half Arabic and half Hispanic, so that’s not like a common combination. It was hard,” said Natalia Wehr, Sabrina’s mother. “So that’s why they started looking everywhere. That was like her only chance.”

Now Natalia says, “She’s 100% in remission. She’s officially cured.”

Eule and Sabrina exchanged gifts at the party. Eule is going back to Europe with an engraved pocket watch that reads: “Time passes, memories fade, but hearts never forget.”

Sabrina was already wearing her silver heart charm.

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