The donor / recipient process is anonymous, certainly for the first two years post transplant. We wrote to Margot’s donor in April 2014, the day before Margot left Great Ormond Street Hospital to come home after 8 weeks in isolation (see below). The anonymity remains for as long as the patient and donor wish.
On behalf of all the patients out there, THANK YOU to everyone who has joined a stem cell / bone marrow register !
Please encourage Just One More to do the same.
Together, saving lives
OUR LETTER TO MARGOT’S ANONYMOUS DONOR
To the gentleman that selflessly and benevolently donated his bone marrow to someone else in their time of need…
You were there for a little girl who was quite suddenly taken ill and found herself in desperate need of a stem cell donor match, in order to stand the best chances of beating her blood cancer.
We feel this way in spite of knowing very little about you. However, that you thought to take the time to register as a potential stem cell donor and made good on your commitment when our call came, speaks volumes for who you are as a human being.
Today, tests show that our little girl has 100% of your stem cells in her bone marrow, which means the bone marrow transplant was successful.
We are told that she is now ‘disease free’ and are looking forward to her coming home soon, making a full recovery and living a healthy and complication free life hereafter.
You have given her a second chance at life; we are all unspeakably grateful to you for this miraculous gift and one day, we very much hope to meet you.
Yours in admiration, from the fortunate and humbled parents, brothers, cousins, uncles and aunts, grandparents, great grandparents and friends:
9 April 2014