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Sen. Carrell to receive bone marrow transplant

Published on NewsOK Modified: March 25, 2013 at 5:46 pm •  Published: March 25, 2013

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Republican State Sen. Mike Carrell, who is fighting a blood condition, was recently released from the hospital and is expected to receive a bone marrow transplant in the coming weeks.

Earlier this year, Carrell was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, also known as pre-leukemia. The chronic disease affects blood-forming stem cells. Carrell had been in the hospital receiving treatment last week after contracting a complicating illness while serving in Olympia.

Senate Republican Leader Mark Schoesler said Monday that Carrell, of Lakewood, will continue to recuperate at home and will only be called back to the Legislature if his presence is needed for a crucial vote.

Schoesler said that doctors have identified a potential bone-marrow match, and will be aggressively treating the condition with a transplant.