(WICHITA, Kan.) —
His blog post said it all, "I'm coming home!"
20 year-old Kyle Hicks headed back to Wichita Monday, after getting the okay from his doctors. He left Kansas more than three months ago for a bone marrow transplant in Minnesota.
Hicks has a rare and painful disease that prevents skin from staying attached to his body.
The transplant once considered experimental, is his hope for an independent life. It cost more than one million dollars.
Dr. John Wagner of the University of Minnesota explained what the goal of the operation is.
"It's the very collagen, think of it as the glue that keeps the outer layer of your skin attached to your body. When that's missing, it take very little to shear it off and what we're doing is we're trying to recreate that glue."
Hicks says it's exciting, and every day is something to look forward to.
He is the oldest person to receive this treatment, and had to fight his insurance company to have the procedure covered.