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Thursday, July 20, 2000

By Kathryn Bender, Star-Bulletin
Alvin Nishimura

Marrow transplant
patient Nishimura
‘fine,’ recovering

Star-Bulletin staff


At the halfway point of a critical 100-day observation period following his May 30 bone-marrow transplant, Alvin Nishimura was preparing to leave the hospital and looking forward to his September homecoming.

"There's a little nausea but everything is fine," Nishimura said yesterday from his City of Hope National Medical Center hospital room in Duarte, Calif. "I got to get my appetite back, too."

Nishimura, a Honolulu police captain who underwent a transplant for acute lymphoblastic leukemia, hopes to be home in September to watch the University of Hawaii football team and celebrate his 51st birthday.

"Sept. 7 makes 100 days," he said. "I'll be glad to be home again."

Nishimura and his wife, Cynthia, will be moving shortly into a cottage at the medical center.

Nishimura is starting to eat solid foods again. "His mom has been sending him crackers and we bought a rice cooker so he can have rice," his wife said.

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