Man, I’m not so sure that I believe in angels, but my heart is overjoyed whenever I hear about strangers who’ve donated ANYTHING to help ANYBODY!
With aplastic anemia—depending on whether you’ve been diagnosed with mild, moderate, or a severe form of the condition—you’re probably going to need a bone marrow transplant, especially if you have the most severe form.
The thing is that, in order to be a viable candidate, you’ve got to qualify for the donation. For instance, you have to be between the ages of 18 and 60 years old.
Then, if you make the cut, here’s another list for consideration that you’ll need to go through:
- Doctors will review your condition and do a thorough intake of your medical history
- Extensive bloodwork
- Series of tests which may include x-rays, MRIs, CT scans, and multiple organ function tests, including your lung and heart functions
- Bone biopsy, to further study your health condition
- Diagnostic tests to rule out other illnesses that you may not know you have
- A psychological assessment
Recently, I came across a story of a young man from Albuquerque, who’d apparently met the initial criteria to be a bone marrow match for his friend, who was in dire need.
But instead of helping out his friend, he ended up saving a total stranger’s life! This guy has a heart of gold and was willing to rise to the occasion! He stepped up like I wish more Americans did.
You can read the article here. I can only imagine how incredibly thankful the recipient’s family is!
Way to go, Dude!