Lt. Governor to Undergo Second Bone Marrow Transplant

FEBRUARY 1, 2006 - Posted at 2:49 p.m. CST

LITTLE ROCK, AR - Lieutenant Governor Win Rockefeller is expected to undergo a second bone marrow transplant in Seattle within a month.

Doctors with the Seattle Cancer Care Alliance are determining why the first transplant was not successful.  Two positive donors have been found, and the search for more donors is continuing.

"I'm disappointed that I will not be able to come home to Arkansas as soon as I would have liked, but I am thankful that we have caught the problem early, and I am prepared to do this until we get it right," Rockefeller said.  "The prayers and support I have received from the people of Arkansas have given my family and me much strength during this challenging time, and I ask that the prayers and support continue."

Rockefeller underwent his original transplant on October 7, 2005, after announcing that he had been diagnosed with unclassified myeloproliferative disorder at a July 19 news conference.  He was preparing to return to Arkansas until a test in January raised concerns.  Further tests late last week confirmed the need for a second transplant.

Rockefeller's office has continued to function during his stay in Seattle.