Manukau Courier : January 16th 2014
4 MANUKAU COURIER, JANUARY 16, 2014 NEWS www.manukaucourier.co.nz Marrow transplant a second chance By SARAH CODDINGTON A simple bone marrow transplant gave Amanda Iese a second chance at life – now she’s encouraging others to help save lives. At just 20 years old Amanda was facing an uncertain future after she was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, and needed a bone marrow transplant to survive. ‘‘I was very scared. My family and I were waiting so long to see if I was going to live,’’ she says. The Glen Innes resident’s siblings were not a match and couldn’t donate so the search for a donor was extended to the New Zealand Bone Marrow Donor Registry and then to international registries. A donor of Samoan descent came forward from the United States and Amanda, now 23, is in remission from the disease. ‘‘You only have one life and it’s priceless. There are many young people out there fighting to live,’’ she says. Mangere East’s Church of the Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints held a blood drive last Wednesday to encourage people to donate and Amanda attended. Church member and regis- tered nurse Harriet Pauga says it is especially important for Pacific Islanders to donate blood or bone marrow and more is needed in New Zealand’s registry. ‘‘Pacific Islanders don’t Saving Lives: Amanda Iese, who is in remission from acute myeloid leukaemia, watches on while Mangere East resident Horowai Broederlow donates blood. Photo: SARAH CODDINGTON. usually go and donate blood on their own. ‘‘But if their church leaders encourage them to come in to donate there is a better result,’’ she says. A bone marrow donor and the patient must have matching tissue types. If a donor is not found within the family a match is usually found with someone of the same ethnicity. ‘‘It’s important to donate because you just never know who may need it,’’ Amanda says. Seventy-five people came through the church doors on Wednesday and 58 donations were made at the blood drive. Those donations could potentially help save 174 lives. Each donation can save the lives of up to three people, including cancer patients, accident victims or babies and pregnant women. Only about 4 per cent of New Zealand’s adult population donates blood. Around 42,000 patients UP TO CARPET • TILES • LAMINATES • VINYL FAMOUS BRANDS • AMAZING PRICES* 40%OFF CARPET FROM $10m2* INCLUDES are treated with blood or blood products in New Zealand each year. ❚ Call 0800 448 325 to book an appointment to donate blood to the New Zealand Blood Service. * *Terms and Conditions: Sale Offer of up to 40% Off applies to a limited range of famous brand stocks of carpet and other flooring and stocks may vary per store. Ranges available have strictly limited metres and colours available. Sale offers do not apply in conjunction with any other offer. Offers available at participating outlets until 31 January 2014 only or while stocks last. See in store for full details of products on sale.
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