St Ives colleague becomes stem cell donor

Adam Johnson stem cell donation

St Ives paramedic Adam Johnson's team are extremely proud of him for recently providing a donation to NHS British Bone Marrow. 

Adam regularly donates blood. Following a donation, he decided to register with NHS British Bone Marrow Registry. Knowing how complex it can be to match a donor and a recipient, he didn't didn't expect to hear anything.

Out of the blue, he was contacted by the Registry asking for a donation, following a positive match for a patient in Germany. Supported by his local management team, Adam was able to take unpaid leave, as all of his expenses were covered by the organisation.

Adam was pleased to hear that the developments in technology meant that donation is now given intravenously, in a similar way to giving blood. Whilst the process involved travelling to London, eating enormous amounts of food, drinking lots of milk and feeling like he'd run a marathon, Adam is really pleased that his donation will hopefully arrive safely in Germany and make a difference to someone's life.

Along with his friends and family, Adam's Assistant General Manager (AGM) and Leading Operations Manager (LOM) team are really proud of Adam for his compassion and care towards others, both in and out of work. Central Cambridgshire LOM Rachel Avery said:

"Adam is a paramedic worth his weight in gold; not only does he provide excellent patient care whilst at work, he's extended this to saving a life outside of work. He's a true representation of the Trust Values and we're very proud of him and pleased he's in our team".

If you too would be interested in becoming a donor, visit www.nhsbt.nhs.uk 

Published 6th June 2019

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