Letting her own brother die?

United States
March 24, 2007 11:52am CST
I stumbled across these links on another site, and I just haven't been able to get them out of my head since. Would you be able to just sit by while your own brother dies of cancert, and you have a perfect bone marrow match that could save him? What do you think of this? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2007/03/24/nmarrow24.xml
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@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
25 Mar 07
I read the story and really don't understand why she is saying no to her brother. She must truly be a selfish, cold-hearted woman. Her words about puttng her family first make absolutely no sense. Do you think she believes being a donor is life threatening to her I don't think it is, but I am not in the medical field. Maybe she is ignorant to the effects giving her marrow would have on her. I would think she would at least check this aspect out, find out everything. She also runs her own business, right? Maybe she is just thinking she won't be able to work and make money because she did this good deed for her brother. She isn't looking at the big picture. She is only thinking about how this will effect her life, not her brother's and his family. Imagine if she is teaching her own children how to be this selfish and uncaring! God be with Mr. Pretty.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
exactly. She seems to only be thinking about herself, and is teaching her children a horrible lesson in the process. Donating bone marrow, while not life threatening, is painful, and a difficult recovery, if what I remember reading is right. I could see how someone would be hesitant about donating for someone they didn't know. But your own brother! I just can't get over it.
@fpd1955 (2075)
• United States
31 Mar 07
Thank you so much for giving me best response.
@KarenO52 (2951)
• United States
25 Mar 07
She must be a very selfish, uncaring woman to not want to help to save her brother's life. She's sure not a good example for her own children. I hope she changes her mind. Maybe she is afraid of the procedure, or other things invoved with the tranplant process. I would sure be a donor for any of my relatives if I could help them, or even a stranger. Just saving another human being's life would be worth it.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
I think the saddest thing is that because they have such a rare type, there's very little chance of there being any other matches that are close enough to donate. I really hope she ends up changing her mind, and helping her brother, a fellow human being, out.
• United States
25 Mar 07
That's horrible. If she can donate marrow, then why won't see? If I was in that situation, I would give whatever I could. It just seems like the right thing to do. I can't believe she'd let him die, knowing he has three small children to take care of, and by the looks of it, it's already effecting the children.
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• United States
26 Mar 07
she really won't say why she won't donate, other than she's putting her family first. The only thing I can think of is she's misinformed about what it takes be be a donor.
@Anakata2007 (1787)
• Canada
24 Mar 07
I couldn't do it, even though I dislike my brother. I would donate anything to keep him alive or I couldn't live with myself. I'm not sure why she is not doing it. I wish she would be more open with her reasons and then maybe it would be better understood.
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• United States
24 Mar 07
I know. She's refusing to talk with reporters, though, and all she's said has been that she's putting her family first. I'm just surprised that anyone would be able to do that to their own brother.
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@caribe (2465)
• United States
24 Mar 07
I just read the story. It is difficult to believe that his sister will not save his life. She must be on an ultimate power trip, knowing his life is in her hands. I can't imagine not saving my brother's life, if I have the power to do so, even if I didn't get along well with my brother. It is the right thing to do to save his life, if not for him, for his family.
• United States
24 Mar 07
I know, I don't get along with my own brothers, but if any of them needed me to give them bone marrow so that they could live, I would do it in an instant.
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@aprilgrl (4460)
• United States
24 Mar 07
If it's a match yeah I'll do it in a heartbeat but if there's nothing I can do then I have no choice but to watch him die and spend more time with him.
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• United States
24 Mar 07
in that situation, it is a perfect match. That's why I can't understand how she can say she's not doing it because she's "putting her family first". Isn't her brother her family, too?
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@hoghoney (3749)
• United States
17 Nov 07
If I was a match for my brother, hell yea he is getting some of my bone marrow and he would do the same for me if it came to that point. That person will now have to live with what they did for the rest of their lives.