17 June 2020
When 29-year-old Jeethesh got a call that he was found to be a match for someone, without a second thought he agreed to help save someone’s life.
Nearly a year ago Jeethesh registered as a potential blood stem cell donor and took the pledge to support our cause of giving second chance at life to blood cancer or other blood disorder patient.
Well, to his and everyone’s surprise the day actually came when Jeethesh got the chance to donate his blood stem cells and become a lifesaver!
Jeethesh shared his experience with us and encouraged others to potentially help save a life – just like he did...
"When I registered, I always had somewhere in my mind that what if I actually come as a match for someone, and as they say it's all in destiny, when I received the call I was thrilled and anxious at the same time.
I was feeling special too as it is a rare occasion when someone becomes a genetic match or rather a genetic twin. All this while, I was confident about donating my blood stem cells.”
I was explained the procedure in detail by DKMS-BMST coordinator. 4 days before the Peripheral Blood Stem cell Collection (PBSC) I was given G-CSF injection to mobilize the stem cells in my bloodstream. Although I was a little worried about the injection when I thought about the patient who is fighting daily to survive, all my pain just faded off.
On the day of donation, I was calm, the only thing running on my mind was how to sit for 3-4 hours without moving. But I made it eventually.
My blood stem cells were taken through the PBSC method, I was attached to a machine that drew the blood out of one arm, filtered and collected the stem cells, and returned the rest of my blood back into my body through the other arm.
I found the whole process very satisfying. And I feel proud, happy and helpful that I donated and was able to give someone a second chance of life, or at least extra time with their family and loved ones. I had some slight discomfort after the process but it was nothing compared to the person who I was doing it for.
I was told that I donated for a child suffering from blood cancer, I often think if he/she is doing well now and can grow as other kids. I am waiting for the day I can see the patient and their family and give them a big hug! And yes I would give an unreserved ‘yes’ to donating again.
How you can help
If you’d like to register as a potential blood stem cell donor you can check your eligibility and sign up today. Anyone aged between 18-50 and in general good health can go on standby as a potential lifesaver.