THE BRONX - One Bronx family is overjoyed to have their son home from the hospital for the holidays.
Bagouro, 4, was born in Mali with sickle cell disease, a lifelong illness that can lead to an array of complications if left untreated. Bagouro had two strokes before he was 2 years old.
His mother brought him to the Bronx, where he was treated at Bronx-Lebanon Hospital. Shortly after they returned to Mali, Bagouro's condition got worse.
The family came back to the Bronx to live permanently, and the boy was admitted to New York Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital. Bagouro's doctor was able to find him an anonymous bone marrow donor and performed a transplant in March.
After almost 11 months in the hospital, the boy was able to come back home just in time for Christmas.