Jason Overman is listed in "very good condition" at Primary Children's Medical Center a week after his return from West Los Angeles, where he received a bone-marrow transplant."He is doing well," Lorraine Hill, Jason's aunt said. "He has not picked up any infections at this point. If they can keep him infection free for six months, he will be out of the woods."
The 6-year-old Orem boy was diagnosed in February as having neuroblastoma, a rare form of childhood cancer that attacks the nerves. After his parents' insurance company refused to pay for a bone-marrow transplant - Jason's best chance for survival - Utahns organized fund-raisers that brought in $192,000. The money paid for the surgery Aug. 18 at UCLA Medical Center that transferred marrow to Jason from his 17-year-old sister.
Jason was excited to return to Primary Children's on Sept. 21, Hill said. Not only was he happy to have his siblings within visiting distance, but he also knows the medical center staff so well from visits earlier this year that it was like coming back to stay with old friends, she said.
Barring complications, Jason could be released within a couple of weeks, a medical center spokeswoman said.
But returning to Orem will not mean Jason is "home free."
"Once he comes home, the main challenge will be to keep the neighborhood kids away," Hill said. "Jason's parents will also have to protect him from all the little `bugs' that come through a family. It will be a stressful period." Chemotherapy and radiation treatments used to treat Jason's cancer have weakened his immune system, hospital officials have said.
Jason will be quarantined in his Orem home for several months after he is released from the hospital.