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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.

CLICK: More of Gaurav's story

Margot Martini: Bone marrow donor match found

A bone marrow donor match has been found for an 18-month-old girl from Staffordshire who has a rare form of leukaemia.

Margot Martini Credit: YouTube

More than 50,000 people came forward to be tested as a result of the campaign to find a match for Margot, which has been supported by a number of celebrities including David Tennant, Gary Barlow and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Margot is due to start intensive chemotherapy from Wednesday.

Read: Campaign to find a bone marrow match for Margot Martini**

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


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Gaurav Bains' story has 'inspired' more donors

Gaurav Bains' story has inspired a huge amount of people to sign up as bone marrow donors, a leading charity has revealed.

The two-year-old will undergo a potentially life-saving operation next month after a bone marrow donor was found following an overwhelming response to a public appeal set up by his parents.

Doctors have found a matching bone marrow donor for Gaurav Bains Credit: PA Wire

Bhaveshree Chandegra, Asian recruitment manager at Anthony Nolan, said: "We are absolutely delighted that a matching donor has been found for Gaurav.

"His story has inspired so many people to sign up as donors and, in particular, we have seen a huge increase in the number of Asian donors on the bone marrow register."

Despite the upsurge in donors, the charity have called for a further increase in donors as Asian patients in need of a transplant still only have a 40 per cent chance of finding a match.

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

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