Local woman makes life saving donation

Published on Wednesday, 17 August 2022 12:10


BRISTOL – A local woman, Shyanna Mohagel, recently made a life saving donation of bone marrow for a seven-year-old girl with leukemia.

Mohagel, who lives in Bristol and works at the Sons of Italy in Southington as a bartender, signed up with the National Marrow Donor program when she was in college at the University of New Haven in 2017. At the time, she said, the football team was taking sign-ups and she and her sorority sisters registered and sent in a cheek swab.

This May, Mohagel received an email which said that she could be a potential match as a donor to help save a young girl with leukemia. After some additional blood work, she was determined to be the best match.

On Aug. 10 at 5:30 a.m., Mohagel went into the hospital for the procedure. It was completed around 3:30 p.m. that day.

“If I had the ability do to it, why wouldn’t I?” she said. “I donated two liters of bone marrow and my ‘Be the Match” liaison said that the seven-year-old girl would get the bone marrow that Friday but she ended up getting it that Thursday. I was teary-eyed when it hit me that I might be saving her life.”

Mohagel said that she received “overwhelming support” from the members of Sons of Italy.

“I started working there in January and they all became like family to me so quickly,” she said. “Everybody was cheering me on, especially Tony Cusano and Jerry Triano. They were all making meals for me to have at home. I didn’t do it for the recognition, I’m just happy that God gave me the ability to potentially save the life of this young girl.”

Tony Cusano, president of the Sons of Italy, said he and the rest of the Sons of Italy are “very proud” of Mohagel.

“We are so proud to have her here as an employee,” said Cusano. “As I told her, ‘you’re my hero kid.’ It takes a lot of courage to do something like that not even knowing who the person is.”

For more information on the National Marrow Donor program, visit bethematch.org.

Brian M. Johnson can be reached at 860-973-1806 or bjohnson@bristolpress.com.

Posted in The Bristol Press, Southington Herald on Wednesday, 17 August 2022 12:10. Updated: Wednesday, 17 August 2022 12:13.