Transplant appeal for toddler

The family of a two-year-old boy in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant is holding an event in Birmingham to encourage members of the Asian community to become donors.

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Next steps for Gaurav on road to recovery

Two-year-old Gaurav Bains from Tipton is now home from hospital after his life-saving bone marrow transplant.

  • He'll be kept in isolation with limited contact with others until his immune system is working normally and there's less chance of an infection.
  • He needs to start eating and drinking by mouth as he's currently taking in all nutrients via a tube.
  • Gaurav has a programme of work planned with physiotherapists to help him get moving about again. At the moment he struggles to sit up on his own for long periods of time and isn't crawling, walking or climbing at all.

'Mixed bag of emotions' for family as Gaurav comes home

Writing on his blog, Gaurav's father Sunny says,

We're relieved that a chapter has ended.....[but] sad that the little boy we have brought home is nothing like the boy we took in. So so thankful to God for giving us this chance of a future with our son - and for Kiran her brother. Gaurav is on the road to recovery and we hope that being home will now help further with this.

– Sunny Bains


Delight as bone marrow transplant boy discharged from hospital

Gaurav Bains home from hospital Credit: @sunnybuffon

A two-year-old boy from Tipton who found a life saving bone marrow match has been discharged from hospital after the treatment.

Gaurav Bains spent three months in Birmingham Children's Hospital after a transplant to stop him developing a potentially fatal type of leukaemia.

Gaurav Bains last year when he desperately needed a transplant Credit: ITV Daybreak

His parents, Sunny and Gurpit, launched a public appeal for donors in September after failing to find a match within their family, and a national shortage of Asian donors.

A recruitment drive in Birmingham last year Credit: ITV News Central

Gaurav will be kept in isolation until his immune system is fully recovered.

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Life-saving bone marrow transplant for Tipton boy

Gaurav Bains Credit: ITV News Central

A little boy from Tipton has today had a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Gaurav Bains had a potentially fatal blood condition. Today he had the vital replacement cells infused into his body and so far has reacted well.

But the next 100 days will be critical as his body could still reject the cells.

Once the cells begin to reproduce in his body, his blood type will change and become the same as his donor.

Hundreds of people from across the Midlands attended donor recruitment events to try and find a match as there's a shortage of Asian donors.

Recruitment drive Credit: ITV News Central

News of matching donor 'unbelievable' say family

The family of Gaurav Bains say they could not believe the news that a matching donor was found for their son.

Sunny Bains, Gaurav's father, has stated his feelings towards the donor as 'overwhelming'.

When we were told that there was a matching donor, we just could not believe it. Our feelings towards Gaurav’s donor are overwhelming because that person is giving Gaurav such an important gift. If I could, I would go to meet Gaurav’s donor right now and give them the biggest hug in the world.

A matching donor means that we can go ahead with Gaurav’s bone marrow transplant. It is a very serious procedure but we know that it will give Gaurav the best possible chance at survival. We hope that having the support of those around us will give us the strength we will need to get through the challenges ahead.

Bone marrow donor found for toddler with rare disorder

A matching donor has been found for a two-year-old from Tipton, who has a rare blood disorder, Monosomy 7 Syndrome.

Two-year-old Gaurav Bains Credit: ITV News Central

Gaurav Bains was diagnosed in June this year, and doctors told the boy’s family that without a bone marrow transplant before Christmas, he would be likely to develop an aggressive form of childhood leukaemia.

The family have been working with blood cancer charity, Anthony Nolan, to appeal for potential donors to come forward.

Gaurav is set to have a bone marrow transplant in December.

Read more: Transplant appeal for toddler


Stem cell campaign increases number of Asian donors

A stem cell donor campaign backed by the parents of a seriously-ill boy from the Black Country has been credited with boosting the number of Asian volunteers.

Two year old Gaurav Bains from Tipton has a rare immune condition and needs a bone marrow transplant before Christmas.

Following awareness campaigns in the past two months, Anthony Nolan say they've seen 500 potential donors come forward - that's compared to 40 volunteers in the same period last year.

Hundreds sign up after transplant appeal

Hundreds of people have signed up to the Anthony Dolan bone marrow register after an urgent appeal from the family of a two-year-old boy in need of a transplant.

A total of 343 people who attended an awareness event yesterday pledged to become a donor after hearing their story.

Toddler Gaurav Bains needs a stem cell transplant before Christmas in order to survive.

Appeal for bone marrow donors to help two-year-old

The family of a two-year-old boy in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant have held an awareness event to encourage members of the Asian community to become donors.

There is a shortage of organ donors from the Asian community, which means it can be a struggle to find suitable transplants for patients.

The family of Gaurav Bains, aged two, are now desperately hoping they can find a match for the toddler, who is at high risk of developing leukaemia if a transplant is not carried out.

Gail Mellors has the full story.

Family trying to find bone marrow match for boy

Gaurav Bains Credit: ITV News Central

The family of a two-year-old boy in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant are holding an event in Birmingham today to encourage members of the Asian community to become donors.

Gaurav Bains has a serious blood disorder and needs to find a stem cell donor in the next week or so. His family and parents are holding a fund raiser at the Nishkam Centre in Birmingham today as they try to find ways to save their son.

They are asking people in the community to get tested to see if they may be a match.

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