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Bone marrow donor visits Ojai boy she helped save

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Ojai Valley News photo by Andra Belknap

Jake Larkin (left) and his bone marrow donor Jane Theobald visited each other in Ojai this weekend.

Andra Belknap, Ojai Valley News reporter

 Ojai resident Jake Larkin received a life-saving bone marrow transplant in 2012. His donor was a woman from Leicestershire, England he had never met. Larkin was diagnosed with aplastic anemia when he was 5.

Now a healthy 10-year-old, Larkin is preparing to enter fourth grade.

He reunited with his donor, Jane Theobald, in Ojai over the weekend.

It was the first trip to the United States for Theobald and her husband, Phil, but the second time donor and recipient have gotten together.

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