BONE MAR­ROW DONOR’S SHOCK

The Jewish Chronicle - - FRONT PAGE - BY ROSA DO­HERTY

WHEN DAVID Gould signed up to the Antony Nolan reg­is­ter as a po­ten­tial bone mar­row donor six years ago, he gave it lit­tle to no thought. “A friend at univer­sity was look­ing for a donor and the JSoc launched a cam­paign where we all signed up.”

The cam­paign was set up to help Alex Sa­muels, who was di­ag­nosed with Anaplas­tic Non-Hodgkins lym­phoma in 2011, when he was a stu­dent at the Univer­sity of Leeds. He needed a bone mar­row trans­plant and his JSoc re­sponded by host­ing a drive to test fel­low stu­dents in the hope that one of them could be a match.

Mr Sa­muels found a donor, six years passed and Mr Gould for­got he was even reg­is­tered.

And then two months ago he was con­tacted to be told that he was a match to some­one else.

“I was in to­tal shock,” the 24-year-old says. “I was at work. My phone rang and when I an­swered they said some­one needed my stem cells. They asked me would I still like to do­nate?

“I went in the next day for tests and when I was deemed fit and healthy they got me to come back in for the pro­ce­dure.”

On Tues­day the me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer for Trans­port for Lon­don was re­cov­er­ing at home after do­nat­ing stem cells.

In prepa­ra­tion for the pro­ce­dure he had to have four days of in­jec­tions. “The in­jec­tions make your body pro­duce more stem cells. It makes you feel like you have the flu but it is not that bad.

“There is a mis­con­cep­tion the pro­ce­dure is re­ally in­va­sive. It isn’t. My mum was more ner­vous than I was.”

Mr Gould spent five hours at­tached to a ma­chine which ex­tracts the stem cells, which were then sent to the cancer pa­tient in ur­gent need.

“I have never met this per­son be­fore. I don’t know any­thing about them other than the fact that what I’ve done can save their life,” Mr Gould says.

“It is an amaz­ing feel­ing. I don’t know for sure, but it is likely the per­son I helped is Jewish be­cause peo­ple are much more likely to find a match

from some­one of a sim­i­lar eth­nic­ity to them­selves.

“It feels great. It is what you would want some­one to do for you if you needed it.”

Mr Gould, who is orig­i­nally from Manch­ester, is thought to be the first stu­dent from those at Univer­sity of Leeds who joined the reg­is­ter to do­nate.

David Gould do­nat­ing his stem cells

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