When One Body Can Save Another

A family's act of lifesaving conception was on the side of angels, but hovering in the wings is the devilish ghost of Dr. Mengele

Now the long quest was ending. The surgeons bent over the grail: a 14-month- old girl named Marissa Ayala.

She lay anesthetized upon an operating table in the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. A surgeon inserted a 1-in.-long needle into the baby's hip and slowly began to withdraw bone marrow. In 20 minutes they removed about a cup of the viscous red liquid -- the stuff of resurrection.

The medical team then rushed the marrow to a hospital room where Marissa's 19-year-old sister Anissa lay waiting. Through a Hickman catheter inserted in the chest, the doctor began...

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