Call to po­ten­tial donors to help bat­tler Michael

HEALTH: Mother of Rosyth boy with rare con­di­tion ap­peals for pub­lic to take cheek swab test

The Courier & Advertiser (Angus and The Mearns Edition) - - NEWS - Claire war­ren­der

A mother has is­sued a ral­ly­ing call to peo­ple to take a test to see if they are a stem cell match for her des­per­ately ill son.

Tracy Gartshore from Rosyth hopes as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble will step for­ward as po­ten­tial donors for eightyear-old Michael, who has aplas­tic anaemia, a rare, po­ten­tially lifethreat­en­ing con­di­tion which means the body does not pro­duce enough blood cells.

Blood can­cer char­ity DKMS is com­ing to Dun­fermline next month with cheek swab kits that will al­low peo­ple to be tested.

Tracy said even if donors turned out not to be a match for Michael, they still had the po­ten­tial to save the life of one of the eight mil­lion peo­ple reg­is­tered with the char­ity world­wide.

“This isn’t just for Michael, it’s for ev­ery­body,” she said.

“We’re hop­ing this event makes a big dif­fer­ence and gets lots more folk on the reg­is­ter.”

DKMS will be us­ing an empty shop unit in the Kings­gate Cen­tre, op­po­site Marks & Spencer, for the five-hour event on Satur­day July 14.

Mem­bers of the pub­lic can drop in any­time be­tween 10am and 3pm. Tracy and other mem­bers of her fam­ily will be there to sell raf­fle tick­ets in aid of DKMS.

“We’re hop­ing we’ll raise enough to cover the cost of the swab kits,” she said. “All the money will be go­ing to the char­ity.”

Michael, a P3 pupil at Kings Road Pri­mary School in Rosyth, was di­ag­nosed in the mid­dle of last month af­ter his en­tire body was sud­denly cov­ered in bruises.

With­out a stem cell trans­plant he is at risk of un­con­trolled bleed­ing, se­ri­ous in­fec­tion and other com­pli­ca­tions.

His three-year-old sis­ter Char­lotte has been tested to see if she is a match and the re­sults are ex­pected soon.

If she is not, Michael will have to rely on an un­re­lated match.

In the mean­time, he is un­der­go­ing reg­u­lar blood trans­fu­sions and Tracy has also ap­pealed for more peo­ple to give blood to en­sure stocks are avail­able.

More de­tails about next month’s event can be found on a Face­book page, Wee Michael’s Jour­ney: https://www. face­­sjour­ney-922345817937857/


“we’re hop­ing this event makes a big dif­fer­ence and gets a lot more folk on the reg­is­ter

Brave: Michael has aplas­tic anaemia.

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