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Man in China loses 17 kg to donate stem cells to leukaemia patient

A young man from Northwest China shed 17kg in two months in order to donate hematopoietic stem cells to a two-year-old boy in Wuhan, Hubei province, Changjiang Daily reported Wednesday.

The little boy, who suffered from leukaemia, managed to find a matching donor in Nov 2017 through the China Marrow Donor Program.

The stem cell collection started on Monday morning and the boy received the bone marrow transplant that night. This makes it the first case in Wuhan Children’s Hospital that a transplant did not happen between family members.

The young donor, who used to weigh 100kg, kept exercising to lose weight upon learning that he could save the boy.

He also sent a long handwritten letter to encourage the boy. The letter said, “Little boy, I am glad to be matched with you and doing something for your life. It also gives me the chance to have a special experience that most people in the world could not have.”

The boy’s mother, surnamed Dai, said: “I don’t know the identity of the donor, but I do appreciate him as he brings my child the hope of life.”

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Published at Thu, 18 Jan 2018 08:34:44 +0000