Softball: Burns recovering after transplant

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Battling the post-surgery effects of her bone marrow transplant operation last week, TWU's Abby Burns is recuperating at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas in the company of friends and teammates. Abby Burns

The standout softball player underwent a stem cell transplant operation July 20, and has been battling a fever and reaction to medication while anticipating the benefits of the new bone marrow.

"Her teammates have been on vigilant watch by her side," said Robyn Readicker, whose daughter, Jordan, is a close friend and teammate of Burns on the Pioneer squad.

"She is still working toward the goal of 'Day 8,' which is the expected day when her [blood] counts start rising again and the new bone marrow starts to do its thing."

Burns had her operation following a fifth session of chemotherapy and radiation treatment. ALSO ONLINE

For updates on Burns' condition, supporters can visit a website created for her while she recovers. They can go online to www.CaringBridge.org/visit/AbigailBurns  to read updates or to post a personal message for Burns.

She fell ill in December and was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia in early January. The senior pitcher immediately began chemotherapy treatments, which lasted throughout the spring.

Following a national search, a perfect bone marrow match was found, paving the way for doctors to schedule Burns' transplant surgery.

Robyn Readicker, one of two team mothers who has joined the players in providing daily support for Burns, said Burns has suffered from a fever and bad reaction to some medication in the days following her operation.

"We were hoping for the first week in August [for her to start feeling better]," Readicker said. "So we'll just have to see how her recovery goes."

For updates on Burns' condition, supporters can visit a website created for her while she recovers. They can go online to www.CaringBridge.org/visit/AbigailBurns  to read updates or to post a personal message for Burns.


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