Jackson County Surgeon battling leukemia gets two bone marrow ma - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

Jackson County Surgeon battling leukemia gets two bone marrow matches

Dr. Jeremy Simpler with his family. (Photo source: WLOX News) Dr. Jeremy Simpler with his family. (Photo source: WLOX News)
Dr. Jeremy Simpler with his wife Jan Simpler. (Photo source: WLOX News) Dr. Jeremy Simpler with his wife Jan Simpler. (Photo source: WLOX News)
JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

A Jackson County surgeon at Singing River Hospital, who was in need of a bone marrow transplant will not have to wait any longer. Doctor Jeremy Simpler said two bone marrow matches have been found for him. 

Doctor Jeremy and Jan Simpler had more to celebrate than just Labor Day. This summer, Dr. Simpler was diagnosed with rare form of Leukemia and needed a bone marrow transplant. 

"It was certainly those life changing type of things that you find out. It is a shock for us," Simpler said.

While Simpler began his cancer treatment at Vanderbilt University Hospital, his friends and family began hosting several bone marrow drives hoping to find a match for him. 

"The best chance for a match is a sibling. I am an only child and Jeremy is an only child, so the only chance for a match is the registry," Jan Simpler said. 

"It was a scary time to go through, just waiting on a call to find out whether you have a chance of getting cured from this," Dr. Simpler said.

After lots praying and hoping, The Simplers said that a call finally came Thursday that not one, but two prefect matches were available for the doctor, who has helped save so many lives. 

"It was joy. It was just a blessing,"  Dr. Simpler said.

"It is a 40 to 70 percent chance that you will find an absolute perfect match, just one. We were fortunate to find two," Jan Simpler said. 

The news comes at a great time. Dr. Simpler's wife is now pregnant with their third child. 

"This is another chance for him to be here with me and my children," Jan Simpler said.

Although the mission to find a bone marrow match is complete, the fight continues. 

"It is tough road ahead after the bone marrow transplant. I have to stay in Tennessee in the neighborhood of my transplant center for three months at least. So, we are going to be displaced for a while and it will be hard on the family. We definitely need continued prayers, but I am thankful for everybody who has supported us," Dr. Simpler said.

The family hopes their story will encourage others to become a donor and help provide the gift of life for someone else who really needs it. Simpler will soon start another round of chemotherapy before moving forward with the transplant.  

Copyright 2014 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • NEWSMore>>

  • Wilkerson makes history in two-hit shutout

    Wilkerson makes history in two-hit shutout

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:47 PM EDT2017-07-24 03:47:31 GMT

    Faced with a four-game losing streak and the potential of their first series sweep of the season, the Biloxi Shuckers snapped out of their funk in a big way with a 7-0 victory over the Mississippi Braves on Sunday. 

    More >>

    Faced with a four-game losing streak and the potential of their first series sweep of the season, the Biloxi Shuckers snapped out of their funk in a big way with a 7-0 victory over the Mississippi Braves on Sunday. 

    More >>
  • Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Marriage equality celebrated in Biloxi

    Sunday, July 23 2017 11:03 PM EDT2017-07-24 03:03:50 GMT

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality. 

    More >>

    On Saturday, marriage equality was celebrated. An event called One Night Out showcased the positive reaction to the federal law from 2015 that guaranteed marriage equality.

    More >>
  • WLOX News This Week: Biloxi Development

    WLOX News This Week: Biloxi Development

    A building boom is happening in Biloxi, within the next several months more than 300 new hotel rooms will be available downtown.

    More >>

    A building boom is happening in Biloxi, within the next several months more than 300 new hotel rooms will be available downtown.

    More >>
  • Trending StoriesTrending StoriesMore>>

  • Bush's Baked Beans announces voluntary recall

    Bush's Baked Beans announces voluntary recall

    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:14:18 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 7:14 PM EDT2017-07-23 23:14:18 GMT

    Bush Brothers & Co.Saturday announced a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of three varieties of its baked beans.  

    More >>

    Bush Brothers & Co.Saturday announced a voluntary recall of certain 28-ounce cans of three varieties of its baked beans.  

    More >>
  • Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Police: Parents gave newborn drugs to cover up addiction

    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Sunday, July 23 2017 1:52 AM EDT2017-07-23 05:52:55 GMT
    Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)Colby Wilde, 29, and Lacey Christenson, 26, face four counts each of child endangerment and felony drug charges. (Source: Utah County Sherriff’s Office/KUTV/CNN)

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>

    The baby’s mother used heroin and prescription pain medication during her pregnancy, and the baby was born addicted to drugs, police say.

    More >>
  • New York Times asks 'Fox & Friends' for apology

    New York Times asks 'Fox & Friends' for apology

    Sunday, July 23 2017 8:11 PM EDT2017-07-24 00:11:08 GMT
    Monday, July 24 2017 12:33 AM EDT2017-07-24 04:33:23 GMT
    The New York Times is asking Fox News' morning show "Fox & Friends" to apologize for what the newspaper calls a "malicious and inaccurate segment" about intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday.More >>
    The New York Times is asking Fox News' morning show "Fox & Friends" to apologize for what the newspaper calls a "malicious and inaccurate segment" about intelligence leaks and the Islamic State that aired Saturday.More >>
Powered by Frankly