After a nationwide search spurred by television and newspaper campaigns, the Red Cross announced Thursday it has located a bone-marrow donor for a U.S. Air Force cadet ill with leukemia.
The chances of finding a donor for the Korean-born airman, 21-year-old Brian Bauman of Pine City, Minn., were only 1 in 20,000, and South Korea has only 7,000 registered potential donors.But after failing to find a donor in the United States or a relative in South Korea, Bauman's luck improved: Officials found a South Korean soldier whose marrow is a perfect match.
"Considering the relatively small number of people registered with our bone-marrow bank, we are very happy that we have found a match for Bauman so soon," the Red Cross said Thursday in a statement.
The society refused to identify the soldier but said he agreed to go through the procedure. The Red Cross has said it would pay for the soldier's trip to the United States.
Chung Jae-wan, an official at the Red Cross-affiliated Korean Marrow Donor Program, said the bank's staff found the soldier's human leukocyte antigen (HLA) was identical to Bauman's, the key requirement for a bone-marrow transplant.