Redditch family plea for stem cell donations after daughters life-saving transplant - The Redditch Standard

Redditch family plea for stem cell donations after daughters life-saving transplant

Redditch Editorial 21st Mar, 2024 Updated: 21st Mar, 2024   0

A REDDITCH family are encouraging others to donate stem cells, after their daughter underwent a life-saving transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital following her diagnosis with aplastic anaemia.

Emilia Mackay was diagnosed with Aplastic Anaemia, a condition which occurs when the body stops producing enough new blood cells.

The Standard reported her successful transplant in December of last year, and she is now doing well after recovery.

Her recovery journey has prompted her family to emphasise the critical need for more people to register as stem cell donors with blood cancer charity DKMS, underscoring the urgency to support others still waiting for their match.

Emilia’s father James Mackay: “She couldn’t be on this road to full recovery if it wasn’t for her selfless donor,

“We saw how many other families are waiting for their kids to find their match, it’s not easy to see the statistics about a match when it’s your own child who’s waiting.”

Currently, only 3 per cent of the UK population is registered as a stem cell donor, but every 20 minutes someone in the UK is diagnosed with blood cancer.

The Mackay family have been working with DKMS, which holds the biggest UK register of stem cell donors, to encourage more people to sign up.

An online drive the family have organised with DKMS has already achieved 345 new registrations.


James added: “Emilia has seen the press coverage on her condition and was initially pleased to be ‘famous’ but now says she doesn’t want to be famous anymore as she doesn’t want to be ill anymore.

“Just sign up. It’s so easy to do and could save someone’s life.”

Visit to register.

Click here to see a video of Emilia and family, urging others to donate.


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