Life-saving Gift from Singapore to South Africa

2013-03-18 • Comments
(From left) Izrin Al-Edrus (BMDP Donor Services), our South African visitor and Search Coordinators, Lay Feng and Joei Zhang
(From left) Izrin Al-Edrus (BMDP Donor Services), our South African visitor and Search Coordinators, Lay Feng and Joei Zhang

With the chance of a match between a patient and donor being only 1 in 20,000, the search for that one life-saving individual frequently goes worldwide. The BMDP reached another milestone this week when we provided our first match from a local donor for a patient in South Africa.

The South African courier who came to collect the bone marrow cells took some time out to meet up with the BMDP Transplant Services team. These specially trained couriers juggle a huge responsibility carrying the blood stem cells from the collection centre and when necessary, travelling around the world to deliver this amazing life-saving gift to the transplant hospital within the shortest period of time.

Stored in a special carrier box, the blood stem cells must remain at a consistent temperature of no less than 2 degrees notwthstanding all the usual challenges of international travel and airport security. As our South African visitor shared, “it can be rather stressful to know that someone’s life is literally in your hands but at the same time, there is huge fulfillment in knowing that you play a part in saving that life”.

The BMDP also has a team of trained couriers who donate their time to travel between the various donor centres and our transplant hospitals here in Singapore. Today we are looking for more volunteers to join us and so if you are a Singaporean, a confident traveller and have time to help us in our mission, then please do contact us at admin@bmdp.org.