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Urgent call for bone marrow donors as SA registry is impacted by Covid-19 crisis

8 July 2020 3:53 PM

The SA Bone Marrow Registry is encouraging those who can to register to be a bone marrow donor and potentially save a life.

The impact of the coronavirus pandemic is being felt by the South African Bone Marrow Registry which is reporting a reduction in the number of people coming forward to register with the life-saving non-profit.

It's now issued an urgent plea for donors.

The organisation's Dr Charlotte Ingram spoke to CapeTalk's Refilwe Moloto and explained what happens when you register:

We test your tissue type and that allows us to see if you are a match for a patient who might be in need.

Dr Charlotte Ingram, Medical Director - SA Bone Marrow Register

She says those with blood disorders, such as leukemia and thalassemia, are in urgent need of blood stem cell transplants:

There are many patients that the only way they will survive is if they have a bone marrow transplant.

Dr Charlotte Ingram, Medical Director - SA Bone Marrow Register

For more information on becoming a bone marrow donor, click below:


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