Brave 4-Year-Old Volunteers To Donate Bone Marrow To Save His Twin Brothers

“I'm a real-life superhero.”

When Michael DeMasi Jr. found out he could help save his little twin brothers' lives, he was ready to be their superhero.

On March 8, the 4-year-old Philadelphia boy will undergo a bone marrow transplant, because he is the only match in his family for his 4-month-old brothers Santino and Giovanni.  According to Good Day Philadelphia, the twins were diagnosed with chronic granulomatous disease (CGD), a rare immune disorder that affects only one in 500,000 people a year. It "causes the immune system to malfunction, resulting in a form of immunodeficiency. " 

"He goes to the doctor when he gets the labs for the pre-testing and he says 'look how strong I am' and he gives them willingly his arm to get blood work," proud mom Robin Pownall told the publication on Friday morning. "The nurses are amazed. They're like 'I cannot believe how brave he is' and he really is. It gives me chills."

Photo courtesy of the Pownall-DeMasi family

"He's just like I'm a real-life superhero. He says I'm going to save my baby brothers," Pownall said.

This isn't the first time the Pownall-DeMasi family had to face this diagnosis. Their eldest son Dominick, 9, was born with CGD too, but received a stem cell transplant from an outside donor. 

"We knew it was a chance, but for it to happen again to both babies we were in shock at first," said Pownall. After the transplant, Michael will be able to witness his brothers get infused with his bone marrow. 

Michael joins a list of other brothers and sisters who've stepped up to the plate to help save their siblings.  Last year, we wrote about a 10-year-old boy who saved his 2-year-old brother from drowning  by using a rescue technique he learned from an action movie. There's also the story of a man who surprised his brother with a kidney donation after finding out they were a perfect match. A sibling's love knows no bounds. 

Photo courtesy of the Pownall-DeMasi family

Because of these trying times, Pownall and her fiancé Michael DeMasi Sr. had to quit their jobs to take care of their children. She stays at the hospital with the twins while the dad stays at home with their other two children. Pownall shared that her family has lost their car and their home and are currently living with in-laws. To help support them during this difficult time, Pownall's sister started a GoFundMe page

Through it all, Michael's bravery is a true example of brotherly love. "He could have said 'no mommy I'm too scared' and 'I don't want to,' but he's ready to go and he's our real-life superhero," said the proud mother.  

Michael joins a list of other brothers and sisters who've stepped up to the plate to help save their siblings.  Last year, we wrote about a 10-year-old boy who saved his 2-year-old brother from drowning  by using a rescue technique he learned from an action movie. There's also the story of a man who surprised his brother with a kidney donation after finding out they were a perfect match. A sibling's love knows no bounds. 

(H/T : People)

A Plus has reached out to the Pownall-DeMasi family for comment. 

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