Emily busts donor myths

Emily Heywood donated bone marrow to a stranger
Emily Heywood donated bone marrow to a stranger
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A budding doctor has donated life-saving bone marrow to a stranger - and is now busting myths about the procedure.

Emily Heywood, aged 21, went through the process of donating marrow in London last week.

The University of Sheffield medical student, who lives in Crookes, said: “It didn’t hurt at all – it’s like giving blood.

“You just have a tube in one arm and the blood goes into a machine then back into your other arm. It does take four or five hours but I was able to read a book and had my mum there.
“It’s only about 10 per cent of the time when they have to put you to sleep and take it out of your hip – and luckily that wasn’t the case.”

Emily is now encouraging other people to sign up to the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register as part of her work with the university’s Sheffield Marrow group.

Her bone marrow was given to an adult male who needed the stem cells as a last resort to cope with a life-threatening disorder.

She said: “I would do it again - just not next week. 
“Now I know a little bit about the patient I want him to do well.”

Visit www.anthonynolan.org to become a donor.