LIFE&STYLE

Fighter pilot donates bone marrow

By Korea Herald
  • Published : Mar 28, 2012 - 21:09
  • Updated : Mar 28, 2012 - 21:09

Lee Myeong-woo
Air Force Major Lee Myeong-woo of the First Fighter Wing has donated bone marrow to a leukemia patient, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

According to the Ari Force, Lee registered with the Korea Marrow Donor Program as a potential donor after the story of Brian Bauman was made known in 1996. At the time Lee was studying at the Air Force Academy, and has since been serving as a fighter pilot.

Bauman is a Korean-American who was adopted by American parents. He suffered from chronic myelogenous leukemia but had difficulty in finding a bone marrow donor.

Lee was contacted by the Korea Marrow Donor Program at the end of last year.

“I wanted to donate as soon as the call came, but I was not able to answer immediately as I am a fighter pilot,” Lee said.

“However, I was able to donate with the support of those around me and the thought that it was a valuable opportunity to save someone’s life.”

In addition to Lee, the First Fighter Squadron has been operating a blood donation program to aid leukemia patients.

By Choi He-suk (cheesuk@heraldcorp.com)