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Bone Marrow Patient and Donor Celebrate One Year Anniversary

Bone Marrow Patient and Donor Celebrate One Year Anniversary

You may not know it but only about 40% of the people waiting for a bone marrow transplant find a donor match.  The number is worse for Asian Americans.  DNA markers differ between ethnic groups and there are less Asians in the donor database. 13 year Vicky Tran is one of the lucky ones.  She suffers from leukemia and a year ago needed a bone marrow transplant.  A donor was found fairly easily.  Even more remarkable is that they both…

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First Face Transplant in US

First Face Transplant in US

Five years ago, Connie Culp’s life was destroyed.  Her husband shot her in the face and then turned the gun on himself.  She was horribly disfigured.  She didn’t even have a nose anymore. This week she unveiled her new face.  The surgery took place place in December of 2008.  She had surgery 30 times.  The surgeons tried all sorts of things to no avail.  Then in December an opportunity arose for a face transplant.  There was considerable risk since the…

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