Longhoughton man David Clayton has donated his bone marrow to give someone with blood cancer the chance of life.
The 36-year-old received a call out of the blue from blood cancer charity Anthony Nolan, which runs the UK bone marrow register, to say he was the best possible match for a patient in desperate need of a lifesaving transplant.
He joined the register around 13 years ago and thought little of it. He had come up as a potential match a couple of times during this period, but never went on to donate bone marrow.
“I didn’t want to get my hopes up this time, so when I found out I was the best match in the world for the patient, I was over the moon,” said David.
After careful discussion with Anthony Nolan to ensure he knew what to expect, the donation date was booked and David received a short course of injections to encourage his body to release the stem cells needed for donation.
“The donation took around five a half hours,” David explained. “If anything it was a bit boring rather than uncomfortable.”
To join the Anthony Nolan register, you need to be between the ages of 16-30 and in good health. All potential donors stay on the register until the age of 60.