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 Dec. 30, 2003 -- No. 661

Donor sibling makes history in donating bone marrow
to two siblings; donor, his brother, doctors to provide comment

News briefing:

Tuesday (Jan. 6), 10 a.m.
First-floor Legal Affairs Conference Room (Public Affairs will escort those attending to room)
N.C. Neurosciences Hospital

A New York man donated bone marrow to his brother who lives in the Triangle (N.C.) area, and the transplant took place in November at UNC Hospitals. The donor sibling had also given bone marrow to another brother in 1996.

The donor is believed to be the first individual in the United States to give bone marrow to two siblings. He and his brother will be available to discuss their experience.

Others also available for comment in the briefing are Dr. Tom Shea, director of the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program; and Dr. Don Gabriel, faculty member in the UNC Bone Marrow and Stem Cell Transplantation Program and the recent marrow recipientís doctor.

Photos of the transplantation process will be available.

All media representatives in attendance must be in good health and are encouraged to wear a mask (provided by UNC Hospitals).

UNC Health Care Public Affairs personnel will meet and escort media representatives from the lobby of the N.C. Neurosciences Hospital. Media are encouraged to meet in the lobby at 9:45 a.m. for the 10 a.m. briefing.

Parking: UNC Hospitals parking staff will direct TV vehicles with satellite masts to park against the curb outside the N.C. Clinical Cancer Center (a red brick building in front of the UNC Hospitals complex; it is also known as the Gravely Building). All other media vehicles may park in the Dogwood

Parking Deck, which is across the street from UNC Hospitals, or as directed by UNC Hospitals Police.

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