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7-year-old chooses to meet his bone marrow donor over going to Disney World

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7-year-old chooses to meet his bone marrow donor over going to Disney World

Mickey Mouse can wait.

Gabriel Smith, 7, passed on a trip to Disney World and instead elected to fly the bone marrow donor who helped save his life all the way from Germany to Springfield, Ill., in a Make-A-Wish initiative, Good Morning America reported.

“When he had to pick one, immediately he said, ‘I want to meet my donor.’” Gabriel’s mom, Lauren Smith, told the TV program.

Doctors determined Gabriel needed a bone marrow transplant for aplastic anemia when he was a baby, and they located Dennis Gutt, in Germany, as a match, according to CNN. Gabriel underwent a transplant at St. Louis Children’s Hospital in October 2013. He was 14 months old at the time.

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His mother told GMA the treatment saved the life of her son, who’s now fully healthy.

I saved another person’s life because I donated something which regrows up in my body in a few weeks,” Gutt told GMA in an email.

Gutt’s visit to Illinois to meet the Smith family represented his first time in the U.S. The 25-year-old carpenter joined the family in trips to St. Louis and to Chicago for a Cubs game.

“He is part of our family now,” Lauren Smith told CNN.

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