By Cindy DiFazio
He was supposed to start third grade at Eastern Elementary School this year. But a high fever and red rash led eight-year old Seth Tingle’s family physician to diagnose him with a virus in June, but something much worse was happening inside Seth’s body.
After battling the fever over an entire weekend, Trish Tingle took her seriously ill child to Shelbyville’s Jewish Hospital. Doctors there sent him on to Kosair Children’s Hospital in Louisville.
After extensive testing, Seth was diagnosed with leukemia. Tingle said she found out the rash that had accompanied his fever is called petechiae and is a symptom of a low platelet count — a sign of leukemia.
Following a long hospital stay and his first round of chemotherapy, Seth was found to have a more aggressive form of leukemia underlying the first. He was given a 50/50 chance at survival. “He came home after two months, got an infection and was in the hospital for another 28 days,” she said.
Another round of chemotherapy was administered, but his best chance for recovery comes from a bone marrow transplant.
Seth’s 11-year old sister, Cynthia Tingle was found to be his only compatible bone marrow donor. A sixth-grader at Henry County Middle School, Cynthia Tingle said she is prepared to help. The marrow will be extracted from each of her hips. The children’s grandmother Edna Mitchell said Cynthia loves her little brother. “She doesn’t care if it hurts, she just wants Seth to get better,” Mitchell said. “We’re all just praying Cynthia’s marrow takes over.”
“Seth is worried he will turn into his sister after the bone marrow transplant,” Trish Tingle said.
Since the diagnosis Seth Tingle has spent most of his time in the hospital with only a couple of two-week home visits to Pleasureville.
Seth is being home-schooled to lower his risk of being exposed to other illnesses.
Trish Tingle had to quit her job to care for Seth while his father Bruce Tingle continues to work every day and spends his nights at the hospital in Louisville. “We’re doing okay,” Trish Tingle said.
Seth Tingle returned to Kosair Wednesday, October 1 for treatment in preparation for the transplant scheduled for Friday, October Oct
“He’s been brave and we just take it one day at a time,” Trish Tingle said.
Seth’s Run, a motorcycle ride to raise money for the family, was held Saturday, Sept. 13. More than 20 riders participated in a 70-mile ride with stops in Southville and Mt. Eden. Seth’s grandfather Kim Sutton and cousin Danny Oldham led the pack. Family members Danny, David, Daniel and William Maddox, Brian Armstrong, Kelly Craig, Sherrie Oldham, and event coordinators Danny and Mary Oldham also rode.
To help Seth Tingle and his family, contact Kim Sutton, 366 Joe’s Branch Road, Pleasureville KY 40057.
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