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Send Clowns
20th Mar 2002, 19:48
Just had some information through from the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow Trust. It appears that they particularily need young, male donors to join the list, and I suspect there are a few of those out there (although I am sure others are welcomed, especially from the majority of you that are healthy, with class I or II medicals). Since I know there is at least one popular PPRuNer who has suffered leukaemia, you lot get yourselves on the register.. .. .For those fearful of two weeks pain, I have also received donation information through as there is a small chance I am a match. Apparently there is now an alternative procedure involving much less pain to the donor.. .. .What could you ever do more spectacular than saving a life? <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> . .. .http://www.anthonynolan.org.uk

Gash Handlin
21st Mar 2002, 00:00
Whilst not wishing to put down such a noble cause, is there any info out there about whether there are limitations on flying (or your class 1 or 2 med) after donating bone marrow (Although as I understand it you only donate when you are a match and initially its just a blood test?????) . .. .I believe that its recommended you don't fly for 24 hours after giving blood, anyone know for sure?. .. .Not that either of the above would be considerations for me as I dont fly at the minute full stop <img border="0" title="" alt="[Frown]" src="frown.gif" />

21st Mar 2002, 01:19
AIC 14/1998. .. .Shouldn't fly for *at least* 48 hours afterwards, as a general anaesthetic is required. However, consult an AME first.. .. .(Edit: Bl**dy UBBCode... <img border="0" title="" alt="[Smile]" src="smile.gif" /> ). . . . <small>[ 20 March 2002, 20:20: Message edited by: Evo7 ]</small>

21st Mar 2002, 01:30
You will also need to get permission from your company to do so.

Send Clowns
21st Mar 2002, 01:57
They say you will have to take up to 2 weeks off work if the old procedure is used, 3 - 4 days with the new procedure is used. Since they are doing no permanent injury and the "illness" is less than 21 days I cannot see how it can affect your medical long-term, though of course you should consult an AME. Since the new procedure only involves taking blood, I assume it is no more damaging than blood donation beyond the first few days.. .. .Oh, and I can confirm that initially it is just a tiny blood sample (taken in your local hospital or surgery, mailed to the Anthony Nolan Trust). If you match up they ask for another couple of samples. If these confirm the match you go to London for a final maching sample, then on to the procedure.. . . . <small>[ 20 March 2002, 21:01: Message edited by: Send Clowns ]</small>