"Hello, I'm Carla, Miguel's mother, a 9-year-old boy who, when he was only 7 months old, was diagnosed a Myelodysplastic Syndrome.
The doctors told us that if they didn't find a compatible bone marrow, he would never make it to his 1-year-old birthday.
Hope is the last thing one has to lose, and so I never thought that my baby was going to die. Five months later they gave us the amazing news, there was an umbilical cord blood unit totally compatible with him.
They did the transplant when he was exactly 13 months, one year and one month after being born for the first time.
Today, 8 years and 3 months have passed. I will never be able to thank enough that French mother who donated his child's umbilical cord without knowing that one day it would save my son.
I will not explain the chemotherapy cycles, the numerous nights we weren't able to sleep, or the days in the hospital, that I keep to myself, because I think that what is most important is that my son, thanks to the generosity of a mother, is still alive.
Today Miguel works actively with the Bone Marrow Donation Association in Extremadura-ADMO, explaining people in his own way that becoming a bone marrow donor is the best thing we can do in our life. He goes to conferences where he tells everyone his story, he gives out triptychs on "How to become a bone marrow donor?". When he participates at the information tables, he takes the triptychs on "Hoy to donate the umbilical cord of your child?" and tells the pregnant women to donate it because one saved his life.
This is the story of my child; I wish all of the stories could end in the same way.
Thank you for all your work."
Carla (Miguel's mother)
If you want more information about the donation of bone marrow to help people like Miguel (and many other patients) to have the opportunity of a cure, click HERE. Remember that the donation of bone marrow is altruistic, anonymous, and universal. If you register as a bone marrow donor, you could be making a donation to a person from anywhere in the world. If you want more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on our free phone number (in Spain) 900 32 33 34.
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