While Hayden's donation was anonymous, the Alabama-local couldn't stop thinking about the transplant and sent the family an anonymous letter. A year later, she was notified that she was a match for a baby girl with a rare form of childhood leukemia.
While Savren-McCormick was fighting leukemia, Ryals often thought about the child she donated to, reported WHIO-TV.
"Knowing she was not only there but that she was part of this life event for me, I was the most humbled person".
"I wanted them to know they were most wanted there", Ryals said.
The Dothan Eagle reports Hayden Hatfield signed up with Be The Match, a national registry of volunteer bone marrow donors, when she was in college and received a call nearly a year later saying she was a match for a baby girl in California. "So, the more that I talked to this coordinator with Be the Match, I started feeling like what if this is my objective?" This, she said, gave her goal again.
Hatfield and Skye's parents later got in touch through email, phone calls and Facebook.
After feeling lost and lacking objective at college, Hayden had signed up with registry Be the Match to be a bone marrow donor.
In July of 2016, bone marrow was extracted from the back of her pelvic bone.
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It would be a long road to recovery. She then needed a second transplant - which was possible because Ryals had donated enough bone marrow for two procedures, he said. But once she was off oxygen, her doctors said it would be fine.
Donating bone marrow is anonymous, so Ryals and Skye didn't meet.
Savren-McCormick said that because there are regulations on donations, they returned to the Be the Match registry and found another donor - this time, using peripheral blood stem cells instead of the bone marrow. "That's what Hayden has become", she told the Dothan newspaper. She was in the hospital for 10 months because of complications while getting treatment. "She helped me. She saved me". For her third birthday, Ryals sent Skye a present and a special request for her to attend the wedding as the couple's flower girl.
"I just feel like they're family and they're so special to me and the whole thing helped them, but it also changed my life", Hayden explains to Dothan Eagle.
Ryals presented Skye with a pearl bracelet on the morning of the wedding, and she left guests in tears as she tossed flowers down the aisle.
"I said I wanted them to know how much I love them and how much they're wanted", Ryals said. "I asked Skye to be my flower girl because she's the only little girl who could ever fill that role for me".
Even so, on the day of the wedding the 3-year-old still took a big fistful of petals and dropped them on the ground before taking her first step down the aisle.
With the families meeting for the first time at Hayden's wedding rehearsal, Talia reveals her daughter instantly knew she was someone special, with the pair connecting immediately. Ryals said that when she walked in, she was overwhelmed with emotion.