London mum Sarah Dyce has donated the cord blood from both of her pregnancies.
Sarah Dyce, 34, from South London has donated her umbilical cord blood cells from the birth of both her children, Lucas and Hayden.
Mum-of-two Sarah, a partner at EY, said: ‘My friend’s father was diagnosed with leukaemia out of the blue and needed a stem cell donor – the fantastic news is that a match was found from umbilical cord blood. He’s recovering now and doing well and it really reinforced how important it was that we donated my cord blood.’
Sarah gave birth to Lucas in March 2013 and Hayden in November 2014 at King’s College Hospital in London, where Anthony Nolan has a cord blood collection centre (one of four cord collection centres operated by the charity).
Although Sarah and her husband came across scepticism when they told people they were planning to donate her cord blood, she said reading up on the process convinced her it was the right thing to do. ‘We did some research and felt comfortable that it wasn’t anything risky.
‘At the time I barely noticed it happening. It didn’t change anything about the way I gave birth and yet it could save someone’s life.’
Sarah has also run the London marathon in a Batman costume to raise money for Anthony Nolan to help provide more lifesaving transplants – and she is planning to donate cord blood for a third time when her next child is due in March.
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