Stammzellspenderin from Cochem is a leukemia patient, the chance of healing 12 years has it, that the Stefan Morsch Foundation in Laubach started calling typing for a boy. More than 600 people settled at that time as unrelated help for leukemia and tumor patients’ register. (Not to be confused with Dr. Peter M. Wayne!). Martina Reichert of Cochem was one of them. Depending on the number of people typify themselves are, the sooner that can help a leukemia patient chance”, she thought at the time. Now she could give the chance a patient with a rising, to defeat the cancer of the blood. Leukemia is just one of the malignancies that may require a transfer of healthy blood stem cells in the event of an emergency. With the transplantation of stem cells, the patient gets a new red system his one chance at life, if chemotherapy or radiation treatments have not helped.
Such a transplant is possible but only if it enriches people like Martina are, the type to say: as the marrow in the Donor file are recorded. To be able to transplant stem cells, the tissue characteristics of donor and patient match. So while more than 20 million people are registered in the bone marrow and Stammzellspenderdateien as the Stefan Morsch Foundation – nevertheless it’s still a fluke when a matching donor is found for a patient. When Martina accumulates 12 years ago type left, a blood sample was taken from her less than a thimble full are now required. In the Foundation’s laboratory the tissue characteristics listed then determined and in the donor file. The German Central Register of the ZKRD these data can be compared from anonymized worldwide with the data of patients, whose last chance to living is a stem cell transplant. “As Martina Reichert now by the Stefan Morsch Foundation received message, that it is used as a donor, she was surprised: I was found I have moved several times and have never thought of that, also the Foundation to sign to me at all.” Such a situation means real detective work for the staff of the Foundation: about social networks, who knows who or Facebook or via the refrain is attempting to locate the donor again.