TAMPA, Fla., Sept. 15 (UPI) -- A Tampa, Fla., man with leukemia is suing his brother for refusing to donate bone marrow after accepting $37,500, authorities said.
David Dreier, 47, who has chronic lymphocytic leukemia, alleges his brother, Michael Drier, of Chicago, agreed to donate his marrow in exchange for help getting out of debt, the Chicago SouthtownStar reported Tuesday.
Michael Drier, 50, alleges the money given him in 2007 and 2008 was a personal loan with no strings attached, he told the Star in an e-mail. Drier said he didn't donate the bone marrow to his brother because doctors warned him of "high risks up to and including death," his e-mail said.
The siblings older brother, Jack, 70, of New York, then stepped forward and the transplant was performed in July, the Star said.
David Drier said he is determined to sue his brother under Florida's civil theft statute.
"If I don't get the money back, then let it go to charity, but he doesn't get it," David Drier told the Star.