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Update: Webb City Man Meets Bone Marrow Donor From Germany

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WEBB CITY, MISSOURI -

    Alex Talbott of Webb City was diagnosed with cancer - and thanks to a bone marrow donor, he's alive today.
    Tomorrow - he and his wife will meet the donor, who, is not from just around the corner.
    Alex Talbott is 30 years old - but he almost didn't make it to 30.
    In 2015 he was diagnosed with a form of blood cancer and immediately began treatments to combat the cancer.
    But, things changed.
Alex: "After I hadn't responded very well to the first rounds of chemotherapy, that everybody was on-board, that 'you're going to need a transplant, and if we don't get a transplant, you're not going to make it."
    With that news his wife Jamie, became very concerned.
Jamie: "I'm sure I drove the doctors crazy asking 'is he going to be ok? is he going to survive?' That was really my number one priority was, is going to live through this?"
    They put him on a donor list - and quickly found a 100% match.
    Sabrina Rohrwild from Germany.
Alex: "I don't have the words to say how I feel about what she did for me, I'm 100% confident that I would not be here if it weren't for her."
    On Tuesday - the Talbott's will get to meet Sabrina and her boyfriend for the first time - something they're looking forward to.
Jamie: "I'm gonna, I think we're going to give them a big hug and tell them that we love them and we're so excited they're here."
Alex: "I enjoy everyday...because...if it weren't for her, I wouldn't be here..."
         The donor, Sabrina, and her boyfriend are flying in from Germany - they'll be arriving in Kansas City tomorrow - and we'll have the video of that reunion tomorrow night.

Check out the video of Alex meeting his donor from Germany:

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