Donor Story

The Youngest Blood Stem Cell Donor

There are a million reasons to live a beautiful life, don’t let Blood Cancer take that away from someone

Last updated: 30/08/2021

Prapul R was only 18 when he first chose to support our cause to defeat blood cancer by registering as a potential blood stem cell donor. A seemingly young boy, still in college, was able to understand the importance of donating his blood stem cells to potentially save a life someday. And that day was not too far away, because in May 2021, he got the opportunity to be a lifesaver!

He shares his experience of donating his blood stem cells and hopes to inspire others to do the same.

“Around two years after I registered to be a potential blood stem cell donor, I got a call from the DKMS-BMST team that I was a match for a patient in need of a stem cell transplant. Knowing that the chance of finding a matching donor is one in a million, I was surprised initially but without a moment’s hesitation, I decided that I would donate my blood stem cells. My mother was extremely supportive of my decision and stood by me throughout my journey. It was an incredible feeling knowing that I was going to give someone a second chance at life!"

Donation Procedure

Although I was eager to make the donation, I had unfortunately contracted Covid-19, which delayed the donation procedure for some time. I underwent all the precautionary measures and was isolated for a period of time, while periodically monitoring my vital signs, consuming fluids and remained on a balanced diet. The DKMS-BMST team did everything in their power to ensure I was healthy, physically and mentally during this tough period.

After my recovery in May 2021, finally came the day when I donated my blood stem cells. I donated my blood stem cells through the Peripheral Blood Stem Cell Collection (PBSC) process.

It was a simple process just like blood platelet donation and the medical staff at the collection centre along with DKMS-BMST coordinators supported me throughout. After the donation, I was a bit tired but that feeling stands nowhere when compared to what a blood cancer patient goes through!

Post Donation

I left feeling positive and happy with how it went. It was an exceptional feeling to have potentially saved someone’s life in such a harmless and easy manner. I was back to my normal routine the next day after the donation.

Prapul's Message

I’m sharing my story with the intention of inspiring some of you to come forward and register as potential blood stem cell donors. Living a colourful life is every human’s right, and life-threatening diseases like blood cancer shouldn’t be the reason to make a person’s life any less colourful. There are a million reasons to live a beautiful life, don’t let Blood Cancer take that away from someone”

How you can help?

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, we are calling on more people to take the first step and register for a home swab kit. 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 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.

More ways to help

You can support the DKMS-BMST in many ways and thus give new hope for life to many blood cancer patients.
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