The Michigan Daily-Friday, August 11, 1978-Page 11
COUSIN WOULDN'T DONATE LIFE-PROLONGING MARROW
Anemia victim McFall dies of hemorrhage
PITTSBURGH (AP) - Robert Mc-
Fall, who could not persuade his cousin
to donate the bone marrow that might
have prolonged his life, died yesterday
of a massive hemorrhage, hospital of-
ficials said. _
Mercy Hospital spokeswoman Mary
Beth Dickson said McFall might have
suffered the hemorrhage even with the
MCFALL'S COUSIN, David Shimp,
repeatedly turned down pleas from
McFall and his family to donate
marrow. "I'm not the monster many
people think I am," Shimp had said,
and his decision was declared legal by
an Allegheny County court.
McFall, an unmarried, 39-year-old
asbestos worker, suffered from aplastic
anemia, a rare disorder in which the
bone marrow does not produce enough
red blood cells and platelets.
Doctors said the best treatment for
the malady would be a bone marrow
transplant and said Shimp was the only
likely donor among McFall's relatives
and volunteers tested.
DOCTORS HAD said McFall would
have had a'50 to 60 per cent chance of
survival with the operation.
But Shimp, 42, a crane worker, said
he wasn't sure he could endure the
McFall's sister, Beverly Hope, said
"One of the last things he said was that
he forgave his cousin and he asked us to
forgive him too.
"HE HAD AN indomitable spirit to
live right up to the end. He was at peace
with himself and was very happy," said
Hope, who was with McFall when he
McFall suffered a "massive in-
tracranial head hemorrhage which oc-
curred in spite of vigorous transfusions
of blood and platelets," the hospital
In a desperate attempt to obtain
marrow that was biologically com-
patible, McFall had filed suit to force
Shimp to undergo the transplant
BUT ALLEGHENY County Judge
John Flaherty ruled against the dying
"In our law, there's no duty to rescue
someone or save someone's life. Our
society is based on the right and san-
ctity of the individual," Flaherty said.
Shimp refused to talk to reporters,
except for one interview with the Pit-
tsburgh Press in which he defended his
decision as "common sense."
"I'M NOT THE monster many people
think I am ... there's no guarantee
when doctors stick more than 100
needles into my pelvis that something
won't go wrong," he said.
Neither Shimp nor his attorney could
be reached for comment yesterday.
"We know he's an individual and has
his own right to a decision. Since Bobby
forgave him, we forgive him too," Hope
said in a telephone interview.
WHEN IT became apparent that Mc-
Fall would not be able to find a marrow
donor, his doctors began an experimen-
tal drug treatment, Dickson said.
"Unfortunately, this drug is effective
in a very small percentage of patients
and when effective, it requires weeks
and sometimes months for therapeutic
results," she said.
McFall was admitted to the hospital
for a nosebleed in June. It was then that
doctors discovered his illness.
U. S.-Freneh ar deal
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Chryler's U.K. operation, one of
three subsidiaries to be sold to Peugeot,
was bailed out by the British gover-
nment in 1975 when the U.S. firm
threatened to close it.
THE PEUGEOT transaction would
enable Chrysler to "focus more of its
resources on the North American
market," Chairman Riccardo and
President Eugene Cafiero said.
Chrysler will get $230 million in cash
and 1.8 million new shares of stock in
Peugeot, giving it about 15 per cent of
the equity of Peugeot itself, the com-
panies said. The Peugeot shares in-
volved are worth about $180 million in
the market, analysts said, making the
deal worth $410 million to Chrysler.
Peugeot also will assume $400 million
in debts owed by Chrysler U.K.,
Chrysler France and Chrysler Espana
(Spain), the subsidiaries being sold.
ANALYSTS NOTED the debt reduc-
tion gives Chrysler room for more
borrowing in this country, and the
Peugeot shares could be used as
Chryler lost nearly $90 million in the
first six months of the yejar and has
forecast depressed earnings the rest of
the decade. It faces outlays of $7.5
billion over the next five years to
modernize aging plants and redesign
cars to meet federal standards on fuel
economy, safety and emissions.
"The bottom line is they're selling off
their European operations to make it
easier to finance their capital expen-
ditures at home," said David Healy,
analyst at the Wall Street firm of
Drexel, Burnham and Co.
"IT MAKES SENSE," Healy said.
Chrysler prices jumped on active Wall
Street trading after Thursday's an-
Chrysler will participate directly in
management of the three companies
"until late 1980," the joint Chrysler-
Peugeot announcement said. Current
Chrysler management would be un-
changed for the time being at the com-
panies being bought by Peugeot.
PSA Peugeout Citroen's 1977 produc-
tion totaled 1.5 million cars and trucks.
It employs 185,000 persons worldwide.
Chrysler's European companies in-
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about 800,000 units last year and em-
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About 196 million pounds of
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them coming from the Kennett Square
The conch, a large spiral-shaped
mollusk, has a natural habitat that is 12
to 25 feet below the water's surface.
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making it as eclectic as any self- album is the single song not penned by
respecting space-rock group. Gabriel: Fripp's "Exposure." As Ted
Gabriel, however, is not a com- Nugent once said about Fripp, you
placent artist. And while on Peter really can't trust a man who sits down
Gabriel, his second album, that, may when he plays his guitar. On "Ex-
not always be enough, it does indicatea posure," a single theme is repeated
direction away from the Yes-Genesis- over and over again - an exceedingly
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much alive, and very confused, in a problems. With the real dirty work of
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along his usual Hamilton Beach arsenal Heads, Eno, Per Ubu and others, do we
of electronics), the sound is like a long really need someone like Gabriel to
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does not sound like a copy. sight or conviction that less accessible
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