Tuesday 6 December 2016

Leukaemia researcher live-blogs bone marrow donation process

Published 10/05/2016 | 11:51

Rhys Morgan during a bone marrow donation, which he lived-blogged (Rhys Morgan/Collect/PA)
Rhys Morgan during a bone marrow donation, which he lived-blogged (Rhys Morgan/Collect/PA)

A bone marrow donor who lost his brother to blood cancer has live-blogged the donation process to try and get others to do the same.

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Dr Rhys Morgan - who is a leukaemia research scientist - tweeted the whole process using the hashtag #literallyfightingleukaemia.

The 30-year-old posted various pictures of himself, including one of him hooked up to a machine, with the words: " Donation underway! Comfortable, painless and treated like a king! Thanks @AnthonyNolan"

Dr Morgan, who is based at the University of Bristol, finally posted an image of a small plaster on his arm with the words: "When you have a plaster this big, you don't have a lot to complain about."

The father-of-two said signing up to the register was a "no-brainer" given his family history and line of work.

He was told he was a potential match to a patient in need of a transplant in February and yesterday he completed his donation.

" Fortunately, the harvest went well and I was able to yield 6.4 million cells for donation in one day," he told the Press Association.

" We sadly lost my younger late brother David in September 2009 to a relapsed blood cancer, aged 21.

"I was lined up as the bone marrow donor for him at that time but unfortunately the aggressiveness of his disease prevented him undergoing the procedure and instead palliative care was the only option.

"He is the main inspiration for everything I do."

Ann O'Leary, head of register development at Anthony Nolan, said: "With his day job, and now his donation, Rhys really is making a massive difference for people affected by blood cancer and it's amazing to see.

" We urgently need more young men to join our register, as they are most likely to be asked to donate, yet make up just 15% of the register.

"The more young men like Rhys sign up, the more lives we can save.

"It's so easy to sign up to the register, all you have to do is fill out a simple form and spit in a tube. If you are a match for someone, donating isn't painful, 90% of the time it's just like giving blood."

:: To find out more about donation visit: www.anthonynolan.org

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