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Leukaemia patient urging Asian men to register as stem cell donors

A Leicestershire police officer who's currently battling leukaemia is urging Asians in the Midlands to register as life-saving stem cell donors after struggling to find a match for himself.

A suitable donor was finally found for Rik Basra in Germany after unsuccessfully finding a match in the UK.

The officer had a transplant of donated cells in December, and is now campaigning for more Asians to sign the Anthony Nolan register so more lives can be saved.

Rik Basra didn't think he was going to survive after failing to find an appropriate Asian donor.

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Donor register event in Birmingham a "success"

More than 300 people joined the Anthony Nolan blood stem cell register at an event on Sunday in support of blood cancer patients who need a lifesaving transplant from a matching donor.

The event was organised by the Rik Basra Campaign which was started by family and colleagues of Leicestershire Police Inspector Rik Basra, who recently had a bone marrow transplant.

Birmingham Bone Marrow Registration Drive

Bone Marrow Donor registration event in Handsworth, Birmingham Credit: ITV Central
Bone Marrow Donor registration event in Handsworth, Birmingham Credit: ITV Central

A Leicestershire police officer who is recovering from a bone marrow transplant is backing a drive to get more people from the Asian community to sign up to the register. Police Inspector Rik Basra underwent a life-saving transplant last year after the return of acute myeloid leukaemia.

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