Elizabeth (Lizzie) Rodriguez graduated from KML in May of 2018. During her first weeks of college, she had a number of perceived minor medical issues. After a number of tests, the Rodriguez family received the test results and were told to go to the hospital immediately. Doctors believed Lizzie had leukemia, and they had a team of oncologists waiting. After a bone marrow biopsy, it was determined that Lizzie had Acute Myeloid Leukemia. After further study they determined that her leukemia would not be treatable with chemotherapy alone and that she would need a bone marrow transplant. Lizzie was in the hospital for a month receiving chemotherapy treatments.
After the month of treatment and recovery, Lizzie was in remission and sent home. Her father, who was a 50% match, became her bone marrow donor, and she had her transplant in June of 2019. After her transplant she had some difficulty with Graft Versus Host Disease. She was one-year post transplant and doing wonderfully. Unfortunately, God’s new plan unfolded as, on her one-year bone marrow biopsy, they discovered her leukemia was back. She had to start the process all over again.
In June she entered the hospital for another five weeks of chemotherapy, and in August for her second transplant. This time her donor was her brother, Sam. Lizzie was doing well after her treatment. However, about five weeks after treatment, she started running fevers. They ran multiple tests and found out she had a brain infection. After two weeks of treatment, she developed a problem with her liver.
On October 20, the Rodriguez family received the phone call that Lizzie was having a hard time breathing and had to be intubated. She had developed pneumonia. The next morning, the family was called and told to come to the hospital and that Lizzie was not going to make it. She was only being kept alive by life support. They went and stayed with her until she was taken home to her Heavenly Father. Their beautiful Lizzie is finally at peace.