Craig Sager receives rare third marrow transplant


AP
3:59 p.m. EDT August 31, 2016

HOUSTON (AP) — TNT basketball broadcaster Craig Sager received a rare third bone marrow transplant on Wednesday as he continues his fight against cancer.

“OK, third time’s the charm,” Sager said moments after the process began.

The 65-year-old Sager has battled acute myeloid leukemia since 2014, and announced in March that he was no longer in remission.

His son, Craig Sager II, was the donor for his first two transplants, which put the elder Sager into remission for close to a year each time. This time, the anonymous 20-year-old donor was considered a perfect match.

Sager began the transplant at about 11:30 a.m. Central time at MD Anderson Cancer Center Houston. The procedure was expected to take some 10 hours.

Dr. Muzaffar Qazilbash, Sager’s stem cell transplantation physician, researched thousands of such transplants at MD Anderson over the last 15 years to illustrate just how…

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