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An LAPD officer needs a bone marrow transplant. His ethnicity limits his chances of getting one

An LAPD officer needs a bone marrow transplant. His ethnicity limits his chances of getting one

Matthew Medina’s doctors diagnosed him with a rare blood disease a few months ago and told him he would probably die without a bone marrow transplant.

With that prognosis came another: The 40-year-old Los Angeles police officer had a less than 50% chance of finding a donor because he is not white.

Most successful matches for bone marrow transplants involve a donor and patient of the same ethnicity. But the majority of the 25 million registered donors nationwide are white, and Medina is Filipino. So far, no match has been found.

“You’re basically looking for a genetic twin,” said Athena Mari Asklipiadis, who runs Mixed...

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