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November 13, 1986

Michael Shirman, 32, is too sick with leukemia to receive a bone marrow transplant from his sister, who battled for nine months to leave the Soviet Union to try to save his life, according to doctors at Israel's Kaplan Medical Center, south of Tel Aviv. "He is in a critical condition," said a doctor, who declined to be identified. The statement came the same day that doctors discovered that the bone marrow of Shirman's sister, Inessa Fleurova, 37, is compatible with his. The doctor said that "everyone here is hoping that his condition will improve enough for an operation to be viable."

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