Congratulations!! You are the lucky one. There are 1 in 1,200 of becoming a match and this short video explains what happens next:
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In brief, the are TWO ways of donating stem cells
1. Collection of Peripheral cells
This is when blood stem cells are collected from the donor’s blood stream by removing blood from one arm, running it through a machine that separates out the stem cells, then returning the blood to the donor through the other arm. Around 90% of donations are carried out using this method. This is a non surgical outpatient procedure and takes 4-6 hours.
2. Bone Marrow Collection
This is when the blood stem cells are collected from the bone marrow at the back of the hip bone using a special syringe. The procedure is carried out under general anaesthetic so that no pain is experienced. The collection itself takes 1-2 hours and most donors return to their regular activities within a week. This method is only used in around 10% of cases.