A South Korean soldier who may be the last hope for an American military cadet with leukemia on Saturday passed a barrage of medical tests to ensure he is a compatible bone marrow donor.
Army Sgt. Suh Hankuk, 23, will travel to the United States to provide Brian Bauman, 21, of Pine City, Minn., with what he hopes will be life-saving assistance.Bauman was born in South Korea and adopted by American parents when he was 3 years old. He was diagnosed with leukemia in October and given at most five years to live.
After failing to find his biological mother or a matching donor in the United States, Bauman's parents looked to South Korea for a candidate.
In the absence of relatives, bone marrow from people of the same ethnic background offers the best chances for survival - about 45 percent. The chances go up to 85 percent when the donor is a relative.
Searching through 7,000 registered potential donors, the Red Cross-affiliated Marrow Donor Program selected Suh as a possible donor. On Saturday, doctors gave Suh the go-ahead.