In 90% of cases, this involves ‘giving’ blood, much as you would as a blood
donor. You’ll be in and out of the collection centre within a day. In 10% of
cases, the stem cells need to be extracted directly from the hip bone by
inserting a needle into the bone under a general anaesthetic. This would
involve an overnight in the hospital, but NO scalpels are involved! Either way, it’s a
simple risk-free procedure that will save someone’s life.
You must be 18-35 in AU and NZ to register, so please encourage your
teenage kids/cousins/mates to sign up. The database is woefully short of males
– who, as it turns out, make very successful donors (the doctors say Maggie’s
‘perfect match’ is most likely from a male).
If you fall outside the criteria for becoming a donor because of age or any
Another reason, you can help by recruiting others.
Please share this far and wide. Thank you!