In July, 2022, Suvith registered as a potential donor at a college registration drive conducted by DKMS-BMST. In just a few months, Suvith got the opportunity to save a patient’s life.
He shares his story -
“I got a call from the DKMS-BMST team just a few months after I registered as a blood stem cell donor. It was really surprising for me to know that I had turned up as a match for a patient. I’ve always wanted to help people and do good deeds and I was finally able to help someone in a very big way.
The donation process was pretty straight-forward. I didn’t need to prepare much, I just followed the instructions and maintained good health in the days leading up to the donation. However, My family was worried for me because they had never heard about stem cell donation before. They were afraid that something would go wrong in the donation process. The DKMS-BMST team thoroughly explained the whole process and reassured us that there are no lasting side-effects of the donation.
It was a PBSC donation, which is the most commonly used method in the world for stem cell donation. The actual donation process was simple and similar to blood platelet donation.
I’ve never donated blood, so I didn’t know what to expect going into the stem cell donation. It turned out to be a wonderful experience. Knowing that I had just helped a person who was in dire need of my stem cells made me feel great about myself. I’ve helped save a life and that’s not something everyone gets to do.
The donation did not take much of a time. I was in and out of there in just a few hours. Aside from some tiredness I didn’t feel any discomfort after the donation.
Message for all
I really hope I was able to make a difference today. I wish the patient good luck and I hope he recovers soon. I feel fortunate to have been able to help someone, especially a stranger. I wish my experience will inspire more people to come forward and get registered as potential donors. One small deed from your end can actually save someone’s life. The feeling you get after doing this is indescribable. I hope more people get to experience this.”
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 at dkms-bmts.org/register
Anyone aged between 18-55 years and in general good health can go on standby as a potential lifesaver. If you're not eligible or you're already registered, check out some of the other ways to get involved in the fight against blood cancer.