Neasden temple to hold blood stem recruitment drive for more Asian donors

Dushyant who has been diagnosed with Dyskeratosis Congenita

Dushyant who has been diagnosed with Dyskeratosis Congenita - Credit: Archant

A charity is holding a recruitment drive in Neasden tomorrow to encourage more Asian residents to join the blood stem donor register and potentially save the life of a 10-year-old boy.

Delete Blood Cancer UK will be at BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir in Brentfield Road, between 3pm- 8pm, to highlight the case of Dushyant Metha who has been diagnosed with Dyskeratosis Congenita (DC).

The condition impairs the ability of the bone marrow to produce blood cells which will eventually lead to bone marrow failure.

The youngster is in desperate need of a stem cell donation if he is to survive.

In a tragic twist before his own diagnosis Dushyant, from north west London, donated his own blood cells to his sister who also suffered from DC.

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She sadly died in 2012.

Potnetial donor will undergo a cheek swab which will determine if they are a match for Dushyant.

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Any potential donors must be aged between 18 and 55 although anyone over the age of 17 can register.

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