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VIDEOPHONES KEEP FAMILY TOGETHER: BONE MARROW TRANSPLANT PATIENT IN ISOLATION CAN NOW READ BEDTIME STORY TO YOUNG DAUGHTER

 DETROIT, Nov. 3 /PRNewswire/ -- Sharon Kuntz, a bone marrow transplant patient at Harper Hospital (a member of The Detroit Medical Center), has been able to keep in touch with her family thanks to a pair of VideoPhones donated by MCI Communications Corporation (NASDAQ-NMS: MCIC).
 Because children under the age of 13 are not permitted to visit the bone marrow transplant unit, and because Sharon will be in isolation during the three-month period of her treatment, Sharon communicates daily via the VideoPhone with her five year-old daughter.
 "When my sister told me about MCI's generous offer, my heart soared for the first time in a long while. Being able to see my daughter's sweet face each day surely will give me the strength to win my battle," Sharon wrote in a letter to MCI.
 "The MCI VideoPhone has kept families in touch all around the world. This medical application is just one more way MCI can keep families together no matter what the situation," said Steve Johnson, vice president of MCI Consumer Markets.
 "Bone marrow transplant patients now have a wonderful new avenue to help them cope with a very difficult time in their lives," said Mary Ellen Lesperance, the administrative manager of the bone marrow transplant unit who facilitated Harper Hospital's donation of money for the installation of the analog lines needed for use with the MCI VideoPhone. "Sharon now has a way to visit with her daughter every day yet not risk exposure to the many communicable diseases young children may carry, which could endanger her life," Lesperance added.
 The Detroit Medical Center (DMC) is the academic health center for Wayne State University and operates seven hospitals as well as a variety of outpatient centers throughout metropolitan Detroit. The DMC has more than 2,500 licensed beds and 3,000 affiliated physicians.
 MCI, headquartered in Washington, is the nation's second-largest long distance provider.
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 /CONTACT: Claudia S. Coen of Harper Hospital, 313-745-8303 or Carol Aarhus of MCI, 1-800-436-9749/
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