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FDNY firefighter saves Florida man with bone marrow donation

FDNY firefighter saves Florida man with bone marrow donation

A new York City firefighter saved 66-year-old John Ciempa, a retired Lakeland resident. But it wasn't from a burning building or a bad car accident, but rather from a donation.  FDNY firefighter Christopher Howard, of Engine Co. 255 in Brooklyn, didn't hesitate to help when he learned his bone marrow could save Ciempa, New York Daily News reports. Ciempa, a married father of grown twins, was given just six months to live. Shortly after moving to Lakeland in 2010, he was diagnosed with myelodysplastic syndrome, a rare medical condition that often leads to leukemia. Ciempa's body initially rejected the stem cells from Howard, 31, but after several weeks, the doctors...

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