Bone Marrow Donation


Chloe aged 14 months with her mother Francesca and her Grandad Graeme. Image courtesy of The Sunderland Echo.

As well as blood, Chloe will require a bone marrow transplant.

Back in 2003, long before Chloe was born, her grandad Graeme became a bone marrow donor after being told he was a match through The Anthony Nolan Trust for a leukemia patient in Australia.

“I had injections of a growth hormone once a day for 5 days prior to the donation. This overloads the bone marrow with stem cells and forces them into the bloodstream. I traveled to London to University College Hospital, where they placed a needle in one arm to take the blood out. It was then spun through a centrifuge to extract the stem cells before the blood was returned through another needle in the other arm. I had to give two donations as it was being flown from Heathrow to Melbourne Australia, where it was transfused 2 days later to a 40 year old woman who has gone on to make a full recovery. Having already been a blood donor for 24 years, donating bone marrow was just as easy!” – Graeme

When donating blood, you will be asked whether or not you want to be on the bone marrow donation list too – why not say yes! Another way to join is by applying for a form and sending a mouth swab.

For more information about The Anthony Nolan Trust and signing up, please click here.
Alternatively, sign up via DKMS here.

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