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City of Hope hosts reunion of bone marrow donors, recipients
City of Hope hosts reunion of bone marrow donors, recipients

Standing next to each other, Kayla Saikaly and Adi Versano looked like sisters. Their families marveled at the similarities — both with dark hair and wearing peach-colored dresses. But not only are they unrelated, they live half a world apart. "They are sisters, genetically," said Saikaly's mother, Samar. Saikaly, 17, and Versano, 27, met for the first time Friday at City of Hope hospital in Duarte. Saikaly, who lives in Cerritos, suffers from aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow doesn't produce enough blood cells and cripples the immune system. Two years ago, her doctors told her that she needed a bone marrow transplant. When neither her parents nor her brother were a...

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