Top cop gives the gift of life - The Solihull Observer

Top cop gives the gift of life

Solihull Editorial 10th Jan, 2017   0

A BIG-HEARTED West Midlands Police officer gave the ultimate present this Christmas… the gift of life.

Caring PCSO Steve Hopley donated bone marrow stem cells to help save the life of a leukaemia sufferer he’s never even met − and will never meet.

It is the second time the 58-year-old officer has undergone the procedure − which can take over six hours − and sees millions of stem cells taken from his body and transplanted into a recipient to replace damaged blood cells.

The grandfather-of-two was inspired to become a donor having read about the plight of youngster Anthony Nolan − a three-year-old who was in desperate need of stem cell treatment to help save his life.

A register designed to match donors with recipients was created by his mum Shirley and now − more than 40 years on − the Anthony Nolan Register helps find matches for thousands of people every year who need stem cells or bone marrow.

Speaking ahead of his donation Steve said: “I have been on the register for more than 20 years and I feel privileged to be able to do this and help save a life.

“I found it heart-rending just reading about Anthony and wanted to be in a position to do something to help others in the future.

“I donated in 2010 after being a match and then I received a call out the blue a month ago asking if I would be willing to do so again.

“There is a little apprehension but my over-riding feeling is doing this will give someone a chance of living. I do not know anything about the person other than it is a man.

“Once I have undergone the procedure I will have a few days of recuperation as recommended; but then I aim to be back on the beat again by the end of the week.”

For further information about Anthony Nolan visit the website.

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