Birmingham man dies despite girlfriend's plea to save him

Birmingham man dies after battling rare form of blood cancer. Ed Fox was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis last May and was the focus of a global appeal to find him a bone marrow donor.

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Birmingham man dies from rare form of blood cancer

Ed was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis Credit: Press handout

A Birmingham man has died after battling with a rare form of blood cancer.

Ed Fox, 27, passed away after suffering multiple organ failure despite attempts by his girlfriend to find him a donor.

Friends and family launched an appeal on the internet in an attempt to find Ed a bone marrow match.

His death was announced on his Facebook page "Help Ed - Register as a bone marrow donor'.

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Edmund Fox passed away at 11:40pm (local time) on 21st March 2014 after suffering multiple organ failure as a result of his cancer.

We are very grateful to all those who participated in the appeal for Ed, and despite us not being successful in Ed's case, we are proud of the work we have done (both here in the UK and abroad) to raise awareness of bone marrow donation.

Girlfriend's plea to save young Birmingham man's life

Ed Fox with his girlfriend Katrien Credit: Press Handout

The girlfriend of a Birmingham man who is seriously ill with a rare form of blood cancer is appealing for potential stem cell donors to come forward.

Ed Fox was diagnosed with Epstein Barr Virus driven lymphoma and hemophagocytosis last May and has since undergone heavy chemotherapy.

Ed Fox has undergone chemotherapy since May 2013 Credit: Press Handout

Ed moved to Gent, Belgium last year to be with his girlfriend, Katrien, but it was during the months before moving that Ed developed the Epstein-Barr virus, which in only the very rarest of cases causes cancer.

In almost all cases the Epstein-Barr virus results in Glandular Fever, but Ed explained, "However, with me it caused an aggressive form of cancer and on top of that I have a rare complication from which 50 percent of the patients die within a year."

More information can be found on the "Help Ed - Register as a bone marrow donor" Facebook page.

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