Giving time, money, and effort for people you care about comes naturally. Offering to extend the life of someone who isn’t a friend or family member is the height of care and compassion. By offering to donate bone marrow tissue, you may be part of your receiver’s healing even while you’re still alive.
Every blood, organ, and bone marrow donor will have to be officially registered in their city as a full-fledged donor. Intermountain LDS Hospital states on their website that 70% of patients do not have a suitable donor in the family. Everyone who can donate should try to help.
Most donors are required to be within 18 to 60 years old, but there have been cases where children donated bone marrow tissue to siblings. You will also be required to answer a questionnaire that focuses on your health and medical history. Expect to go through some medical tests as well.
Listing and Matching
Once you’ve passed all requirements, your donation’s information will be put in a donor’s database for Salt Lake City doctors and surgeons to peruse. There’s quite an extensive waiting list for receivers, so every possible donor is studied carefully for possible matches. Once a match has been identified, both the receiver and donor are informed, and an appointment date for the transplant is set. Take note that there might be a few more papers to sign before the actual procedure.
Donation and Transplant
Taking the required bone marrow tissue from you will be done within the same period as your recipient’s operation, so don’t be surprised to find yourself in the same room as the receiving patient. Before “harvesting” bone marrow from your body, which will be done under general anesthesia, you and the patient will first undergo extensive physical and medical tests. This will complete all necessary pre-evaluations exams for the transplant to begin.
After the operation, you might go through some discomfort, but they can all be easily treated and are only temporary. In contrast, the receiver of your bone marrow has received a permanent cure and will eventually get better with the proper care and time. Congratulations, you have now helped out a sufferer to recover their life.