A donation by David helps cancer patient

David Clayton
David Clayton

A Longhoughton man has donated his bone marrow to help save the life of a blood cancer patient – and he has urged more donors to step forward.

David Clayton received a call out of the blue from charity Anthony Nolan to say he was the best possible match for a patient in desperate need of a transplant.

The 36-year-old had signed up more than a decade ago, but thought little of it. He had come up as a potential match a couple of times, but never went on to donate bone marrow.

“I didn’t want to get my hopes up this time, so when I found out I was the best match in the world for the patient, I was over the moon,” he said.

“Now I’m just desperate to know how the patient’s doing.

“I know he’s an adult male, but that’s all really. I should get an update soon which will tell me how he’s progressing.”

David received a short course of injections to encourage his body to release the stem cells needed for the procedure.

The donation took around five-and-a-half hours and he donated via a process called peripheral blood stem cell collection, which David described as being a bit like giving blood. He felt tired the next day, but was soon back on track.

David added: “It just felt surreal that I’d potentially saved someone’s life by doing something so simple. One day out of your life could give someone else the rest of theirs and there’s no reason young, healthy people shouldn’t join the register if they are able to.”