Bone marrow transplant gives gifted Memphis boy a healthy new life

A Memphis boy was born to overcome all odds.

Caesar Sant was diagnosed with sickle cell anemia at birth and has recovered from three strokes, each more devastating than the last.

Despite his medical setbacks, the gifted child is not letting his condition get in the way of his dream of becoming a world-famous violinist.

Caesar started playing violin at age two. Now, at age 13, he’s doing things and playing pieces most adult musicians dream of.

“When I was born, I always wanted to play music,” he said.

Caesar practices the violin for two to three hours a day.

Additionally, the gifted boy speaks seven different languages ​​and has a black belt in karate.

“To play the violin, you need to be very, very, patient and learn the basic stuff,” he said. “You need to learn how to put the fingers and the bow in the right place.”

Just by looking at him, you would never know the battle Caesar has overcome.

“I didn’t feel so good. Getting sick was the worst thing to happen to me,” he said.

Even when he was in the hospital, Caesar did not stop playing the violin.

“When I was in the hospital, I wanted to play to violin, but I was in bad shape. I said, ‘Papa, can you bring the violin?’”

Caesar said it was difficult to move his body and fingers after his last stroke, but once the violin was in his hands, he was able to play.

“I started moving a little bit. I started moving my fingers, and I started playing the violin,” he said.

His father, Lucas Sant, said Caesar’s last stroke almost caused permanent damage, and the young boy had to release how to walk.

“The music saved his life. For real. It’s not a catchphrase – it’s for real,” said Lucas Sant.

After seven years of waiting, Lucas said his family raised enough funds for a bone marrow transplant.

Caesar had the operation in September, with his younger sister as his donor.

“When they put in the cells, it was almost like this is a different person,” Lucas said.

Finally, anemia free, the boy can continue to perfect his craft.

He said his faith in God and music is what saved his life.

Music is the key. If you listen to music, you will recover quickly,” Caesar said. “Thanks to God. If it was not for that transplant, I would not be here.”

Though Caesar is now anemia free, his legs are still very weak due to his past strokes, and he still requires a lot of medical attention.

If you would like to donate to his family to help with his medical bills, you can visit the family’s GoFundMe page by clicking here.

Caesar also has his own website. You can visit by clicking here.

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