Jodi Toniell, the physiotherapists husband and father of five, and her husband Andrew Martens, the father of two, have welcomed a baby boy, born on Tuesday.
Jodi and Andrew’s son, Max, is a daughter of Dr. Tonielson, who is now the Director of the Center for Advanced Diagnostic Imaging at the University of Arizona.
Max’s birth is the result of a successful, multi-generational transplant of stem cells, which the couple hope will pave the way for future therapies that target the genetic disorders of the central nervous system.
The couple say their baby, who was born in June, has been so happy and healthy he will soon be able to be a member of his family.
“He’s really enjoying life,” Dr. Martens said.
“He’s learning, and he’s learning fast.”
The couple says their baby was born on June 29, which is a couple of months before the start of the season.
“This was a wonderful day for our family, for our children, and we’re so thankful for everything that was going on around the world,” said Dr. Andrew Martensen.
The two met during their years at the medical school in New Mexico.
The couple are expecting their third child, named Max, in August.
“It’s not that it wasn’t possible.
I’m a little bit of a miracle worker.
I can do anything, and it was my gift to them,” said Jodi.
The birth of Max and the couple’s daughter is the second of its kind in the country, after a two-year-old boy was born.
The Arizona Medical Center and Arizona Children’s Hospital both donated stem cells to the family.
Dr. Tonna Martens is a professor at the School of Nursing and Health Science at Arizona State University.
Her research focuses on the management of spinal cord injuries and disorders.
She has worked with patients in rehabilitation programs, emergency rooms and clinics.