• Monday, May 23, 2022


Family urge for donor to save three year old boy

Veer (pictured) urgently needs a stem cell transplant following his diagnosis of a rare genetic disorder

By: Eastern Eye Staff

THE family of a three-year-old boy suffering from a rare disease have appealed for Asian donors to help save his life.

Veer, from London, is suffering from a rare genetic disorder called Fanconi Anemia. The condition results in decreased production of all types of blood cells. According to experts, people with this condition may have bone marrow failure, physical abnormalities, organ defects, and an increased risk of certain cancers.

Described by his family as a “very smart, adventurous young boy”, they are urging for a donor to help Veer’s chances of survival.

Veer (right) and his family

As there are very few Indian donors on the register, his family have called for people to sign up so there is more chance of finding a match for Veer. Currently, his chances are at around 20 per cent.

However,  his chances will increase significantly if more Indians (especially those from Gujarati heritage) register as donors.

The family have launched several social media campaigns to raise awareness and to encourage people to join the stem cell donation register.

For donors between 16 and 30 years old, see: http://anthonynolan.org/HelpVeerNow

For donors between 17 and 55 years old, see: http://bit.ly/helpveernow  
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