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Elizabeth & Ryan and their mom, Nancy.
It turns out that the anemia is likely related to the transplant, either indirectly or directly. The current thinking is that Ethan's month long fight with adenovirus in July and August resulted in a strong immune system response where his white cells were stoked up and ready for a fight. The anti-bodies they were fighting may have developed in response to the amoxycillin, but it is perhaps more probable that the anti-bodies developed in response to his donor graft itself. If that's the case, it means that Ethan's developed a hemolytic (tearing up red blood cells) response to what remains of his bone marrow graft. That's not a good thing, and as we try to taper Ethan off of all of the immune suppressants to get him ready for the second transplant, there's a real concern that it might recur, and would be a significant complication that he doesn't need.