Bone Marrow Transplant Saves Local Grandmother’s Life

By Arezow Doost, CBS 11 News

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Wearing a shirt that said, “Made in America with German Parts,” Milda Arlauskas, 54, anxiously waited Monday for someone she’d never met.

“That says, ‘Claus is our hero,’” she said, pointing to a sign she made in German.

The Heath grandmother received a deadly diagnosis five years ago and was, as she said, “lying in bed dying.”

“At the time, she had everything stacked against her,” said Dr. Vikas Bhushan, with Texas Oncology at Medical City Dallas.

Arlauskas was diagnosed with breast cancer. She tried chemotherapy to beat the disease, but then got leukemia from the treatment. She would need a bone marrow transplant to live.

And Claus Biebel was the perfect match.

“I can’t find the words for what a miracle this man is,” she said. “He has given me life. I get to play with my grandchildren. I get to work with my husband. I get to see my friends. None of this would be possible.”

Biebel said he joined the International Bone Marrow Registry in the 1980s hoping to help a friend. Though he was too late then, his donation saved Arlauskas’ life.

“I’m so happy, it’s the greatest day in my life! Yeah,” Biebel said.

Arlauskas, a Serbia-native, said her parents were in the same area as Biebel.

Now, they’ll give him a tour of Texas. They are also hoping to use the time to remind people to register to become a bone marrow donor. All it takes is a swab of the cheek to do it.

“Sometimes, it’s really reassuring,” Bhusan. “It makes your profession worth it to see patients like her doing so well.”

For information on how to become a donor, click here.


One Comment

  1. Randy Morris says:

    awsome im a 2 time cancer suvivor starting 9th yr 4.5 yrs out.

    1. Milda Arlauskas says:

      Claus and I are rooting for you!

  2. Arlington YMCA says:

    Great story. We are holding a Be the Match registration event with the National Marrow Donor Program this Saturday at the Central YMCA in Arlington from 10:00-2:00. Please come and rregister for free. It’s a simple 4 cotton swabs of your mouth and you’re done. Help save a life!

    1. milda Arlauskas says:

      Thank you for making a difference. You are heros!

    2. stacey says:

      Be The Match-Dallas now has a Facebook page to help share this kind of information. Visit us at!/pages/Be-The-Match-Dallas/192718890766056 and post your drive there. I hope it is a success!

  3. Indre says:

    Looking forward to thanking him in person for saving my precious friend.

    1. Milda Arlauskas says:

      We can’t wait!

  4. Stefan Scheurich says:

    Hi Claus!

    Grüße aus der Heimat!
    Auch hier schlägt Dein Besuch große Wellen!
    wünsch Dir viel spaß in texas!


    1. Claus Biebel says:

      Danke Dir Stefan!

      Es war fuer mich ein sehr bewegender Moment.
      Ich und Milda haben sehr viel Spass.
      Sie geniesst ihr Leben jetzt noch Intensiver.


  5. Susanne Bader says:

    hey claus
    auch von uns ganz viele liebe grüße. habe heute den link von tina bekommen und finde es great :-))
    ganz viele liebe grüße
    susi und wolfgang

    1. Claus Biebel says:

      Hi Susi,

      es macht sehr viel Spass zu erleben wie
      Milda ihr neue Leben so geniesst.



  6. Maik Altendorf says:

    all the best from a very proud cousin !

    Bis bald !


    1. Claus Biebel says:

      Danke lieber Maik.

      Viele Gruesse an alle.


  7. stacey says:

    This just so warms my heart. Thank you for sharing this story. My husband received the gift of life this past Oct. 1 and we hope to one day be able to that the young man from overseas who is hero to us and our 3 daughters. It is so easy to become a donor these days and offer that hope to patients, esp. blood cancer patients, in need. The odds of finding a donor are better but still many thousands die from their disease before finding a match.

    1. Claus Biebel says:

      Thank you for your nice comments!


  8. Rasa says:

    It was so wonderful to meet the donor and see Milda again this past weekend. We, her friends, are eternally grateful to Klaus, a wonderfully kind-hearted chef from Germany.

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