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article imageBone marrow transplant for Gaurav Bains following Asian appeal

By Eileen Kersey     Nov 21, 2013 in Health
Tipton - An appeal for more Asian bone marrow donors in the UK has resulted in a huge increase to the donor register and one little boy looking at a life-saving operation.
Four days ago Digital Journal reported on the plight of an Asian family in the UK who's two-year-old son needed a transplant. A donor match has been found for Gaurav Bains.
Thursday BBC News in the UK reports:
Thousands of bone marrow donors came forward to help after the appeal. Gaurav's father, Sunny Bains, thanked supporters saying "our feelings towards Gaurav's donor are overwhelming because it's such an important gift".
Two-year-old Gaurav, urgently needs a bone marrow transplant but finding a matching donor was proving difficult. It is one case when the "color of your skin," or rather your ethnic origin matters. Sunday BBC News reported an increase in Asian bone marrow donors, following an appeal by Gaurav's father Sunni.
As Digital Journal reported earlier this week: "Gaurav was diagnosed with a rare condition, Monosomy 7 syndrome, shortly after his second birthday. "Without a bone marrow transplant he [Gaurav] will develop a particularly aggressive form of childhood leukaemia.""
The British blood cancer charity, the Anthony Nolan Trust, have credited the increased number of Asian donors to the awareness raising events organised by Gaurav's parents.
His parents know that he is not out of the woods yet but at least he stands a good chance of recovery now. Gaurav will undergo chemotherapy before the operation in order to minimise the risk of infection. He could be in hospital until February but the transplant could still mean a happy Christmas for this UK family.
His father Sunni has pledged to continue helping the cancer charity. As he said "It would be easy to say, 'we've found a match for our boy now' and walk away but we cannot and will not do that. People have rallied around Gaurav and Gurprit and me," he said.
On Facebook Sunni announced Thursday:
The power of prayer is truly wonderful. Our prayers have been answered and it is with God’s grace that we are able to announce that WE HAVE FOUND A MATCH FOR GAURAV.
Digital Journal sends best wishes to Gaurav and his parents. This story updated in due course.
Note: According to the Anthony Nolan Trust,
1- Every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with cancer of the blood
2 - Around 1,800 UK patients need a bone marrow transplant each year
3 - 63% will not find a matching donor among their family
4 - 16-30 year olds can join the register
5 - You must be in good health
6 - Weigh over 7st 12lbs (50kg)
7 - And have a body mass index (BMI) lower than 40
If you live in the UK and fit the criteria you can join the bone marrow donor register here.
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