Asian donors: This two-year-old needs you

Gaurav

Gaurav Bains is 2 years old, and in June this year, was diagnosed with a rare blood condition that, without an urgent bone marrow transplant, will develop into an aggressive form of Leukaemia.

Doctors don't believe he will be able to survive it.

Gaurav's sister Kiran, who is four years old, was the most likely stem cell donor, as siblings have a one in four chance of being a match. However, Kiran's results were negative, meaning an alternate donor would be needed.

Gaurav’s doctors have given a deadline of Christmas 2013 for the transplant to be completed in order to minimise the chances of Leukaemia cells building. The donor has to be of the same ethnic minority due to the genetic make-up of Asians.

Only 4% of registered donors are Asian. This has made the search to find a compatible donor for Gaurav immensely difficult. Registration events have been arranged, and are being run in many areas across the country, urging people to register and help save the life of Gaurav and others like him.

How to become a Stem Cell Donor

All it takes is a simple spit/swab test to define whether you are a match.

Being a donor is very much like giving blood, but takes a bit longer (4-5 hours). Blood is taken from one arm by a machine that removes the stem cells needed from your blood, then replaces the blood into the other arm. The stem cells you donate are reproduced by your body in approximately a week, and your body does not lose anything.

If you are between 16-30 years old, you can register at www.anthonynolan.org.

Those over 30 can register at www.deletebloodcancer.org.uk.

You can also attend an event on Sunday 17th November 2013 10am – 4pm at Gurdwara Sri Guru Singh Sabha, Havelock Rd, Southall, Middlesex UB2 4NP.

Such a simple process can save Gaurav’s life. Please share this with anyone you think might be able to help.

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