BonE mAr­row CoulD sAvE livEs

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - News - By Stephen Briggs stephen.briggs@peter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk Twit­ter: @PTstephenB

A Pe­ter­bor­ough man who helped save the life of a nine year-old has urged res­i­dents to do­nate bone mar­row. Tony Blood (35) do­nated his bone mar­row to Carl Hil­lis eight years ago af­ter Carl was di­ag­nosed with T-cell nonHodgkin’s lym­phoma for a sec­ond time.

Dad­oft­woTony­said:“I was a serv­ing mem­ber in the RAF when I was a blood donor and was asked about join­ing the Bri­tish Bone Mar­row Registry. It wasn’t un­til I was told that I was a per­fect match to a lit­tle boyin2008, I re­alised the enor­mi­tyof what­bein­gonthe reg­is­ter meant– the chanceto save some­one’s life.”

He has now met Carl, and is treated as part of the fam­ily.

He­said: “Nowwe­meet­sev­er­al­time­sayearand­both­fam­i­lies are an ex­ten­sion of each other’s. He is a lit­tle brother tome, and­callsme­his­brother from an­other mother! Now I amadad­my­selfI­fullyap­pre­ci­ate the ef­fect Carl’s ill­ness had on his fam­ily and their lives. It feels amaz­ing to know that ones­im­ple­act­can­haveahuge ef­fect to some­one.”

Carl now aged 17, from Es­sex, added: “I am­re­ally thank­ful to Tony for his kind­ness and gen­eros­ity as with­out the trans­plant I might not be­here to­day.

“He has given me t he chance to l ive a nor­mal, healthy and ful­fill­ing life. I am able to take part in a lot of sports such as rugby with my lo­cal club, swim­min­gand­mo­tor­sport. I am eter­nally grate­ful that he was on the Bri­tish BoneMar­rowRegistryandmy per­fect match.”

For more i nfor­ma­tion about­bone­mar­row­do­na­tion, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk

Tony Blood with Carl Hil­lis the young­ster whose life he helped save

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