Bone Marrow donor
what does it mean?
Being a Bone Marrow donor, means you are available to donate bone marrow to someone who you are compatible with and needs a bone marrow transplant.
Bone Marrow Volunteer donors data banks have been organized so that they can be consulted by a worldwide data bank of people who are waiting to find a compatible match.
If a match is found then the donor is invited to donate bone marrow.
For the donor will be only a temporarily inconvenient, but for the patient will be the difference between life or death.
How can i become one?
Please visit Bone Marrow Donation Centres, for all the information in your area.
Or you can contact your local doctor or Blood Centre in your area, make an appointment for Bone Marrow donation,
remember to take your identification documents with you, and after filling out a Bone Marrow donation registration form, you will be asked to donate 2 or 3 small tubes of blood (Approximately 12ml)...and that is it!
It is that simple.
What are the requirements to become a donor?
You must be a healthy person, of age between 18 and 45 years old. Your weight must not be less than 50kg. Have never received blood transfusions, and yes you can eat before you donate bone marrow.
What if i become a compatible match?
There are 2 methods of collection:
1- cytapheresis - this is a quick and simple process. The blood will be withdrawn from a vein in your arm, then will pass through a machine which selects and stores the necessary cells while the rest of the blood is pumped back into your system through a vein in your other arm.
2- Punction - this process is carried out in the surgery room under anesthesia, so that your hip bone can be punctured.
What is the chance of finding a matched donor? How long will it take?
The chance of two unrelated people having identical tissue types is very low. For local Chinese, the chances can range from one in few to many thousands. The more donors recruited, the greater the chance of finding a matched donor and the shorter the waiting time.
Chance of matched
Parents – 1/4 chance for each sibling
Common type – 1 in 5,000 to 10,000
Rare type – less than 100,000
THE DONOR HAS THE RIGHT TO CHOOSE THE DONATION METHOD.
THE DONOR CAN GIVE UP AT ANY TIME
REMEMBER: YOU ARE SAVING SOMEONES LIFE!
I NEED YOUR HELP!!!