When will you make the decision to save the life of someone like Amun?
Amun Ali is a ten-year-old boy desperately seeking to live a normal and healthy life. The only chance of that is finding a suitable Bone Marrow donor that could save his life, yet because there are a lack of Asians and ethnic minorities on the register is search is becoming harder.
Desi Donors have been appealing to find Amun Ali a suitable bone marrow match for many months now and have already held three clinics alongside the Anthony Nolan Trust in Birmingham and Slough.
Although Desi Donors have been successful in getting Asians to come forward and register there is still a huge need for more to join…and Amun’s quest still continues.
Amun still hasn’t found the life saving match he needs, so once again Desi Donors, along with the Anthony Nolan Trust are holding a clinic in Birmingham to appeal for Asians to come along to the clinic and join the bone marrow register. If the right match is found, it could potentially save Amun’s life, if not somebody else’s.
Amun Ali, who lives in Small Heath, Birmingham, has a rare condition known as Severe Immune Deficiency. It is a condition that makes Amun very weak. For example: If Amun were to get a minor infection it would be extremely life threatening. Over the years Amun has been in (H.D.U) High Dependency Unit on many occasions, where minor infections such as chickenpox have got worse and put him in quite a bad state of health.
Healthy people aged 18 – 40 from the Asian community are urged to come to the clinic in Small Heath, Birmingham to join the registers or to just simply find out more about what Desi Donors are trying to do.
There is a 1 in 3 chance of a White person finding a match, but shockingly there is only a 1 in 125,000 chance of an Asian person finding the right match. A successful match, when a bone marrow donors tissue type matches that of a patient, could mean the difference between life and death. Most matches are found from within the same ethnic community as the patient; the Asian community is seriously under-represented on the bone marrow register, and more donors are urgently needed.
There are just over 400,000 people on the bone marrow register and it’s not enough! Just 4% of those 400,000 are Asian. There are 16,000 people worldwide and 1,400 people in the UK in need of a bone marrow transplant.
The next Recruitment Clinic to appeal for a suitable Bone Marrow match for Amun Ali will take place on Sunday 28th March 2010 from 11am till 3pm, at Small Heath Leisure Centre, Muntz Street, Small Heath, Birmingham, B10 9RX.