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Lifesaving help from across the globe

Jim Miller, center, toasts his donor, Stefan Eichert, right, with John Moore, left, the businessman who invited Miller to accompany him on a trip to Germany. All three men are wearing casual shirts and jeans and holding mugs of beer. A candle is on the table in front of them. Behind them is a marbled wall and a wall decorated with slats of wood.

Jim Miller, center, toasts his donor, Stefan Eichert, right, with John Moore, left, the businessman who invited Miller to accompany him on a trip to Germany.

By Carolyn Kimmel

Sometimes the worst things in life can turn up gifts that far outlast the trial. That’s what Jim Miller tells people.

The Red Lion man was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome—a pre-leukemic syndrome—in October 2012 and given the choice of a stem cell transplant or other treatment alternatives that may have resulted in about two more years of life. He chose the transplant.

Although the wait for a match lasted a year—during which time chemotherapy and 27 blood transfusions achieved partial control of the disease—Miller never expected his donor would hail from across the globe.

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February 27, 2019 at 2:30 pm Leave a comment

Medicine in Blue and White: Episode 3

In this episode of “Medicine in Blue and White”:

  • The incredible connection between one fourteen year old boy — and the thousands of people he has helped over the past forty years.
  • Combining aerospace engineering and medical technology to help improve health care in developing countries.
  • Never-before-seen-behavior under the microscope that could lead to a cure for some of the most challenging diseases we face.
  • And a new way to test for what is — literally — an age-old problem.

January 26, 2012 at 8:20 am Leave a comment


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