The family of a two-year-old boy in need of a bone marrow transplant have been told that his sister is not a match.
It means that Guarav Bains is now reliant on finding a matching donation from a stranger via the Anthony Nolan bone marrow register.
Guarav, from Tipton, was diagnosed with blood disorder Monosomy 7 in June and is likely to develop an aggressive form of childhood leukaemia.
His chances of survival will be increased if he has a bone marrow transplant before he develops leukaemia.
But doctors have now told the family that Guarav’s elder sister, four-year-old Kiran, is not a match for him.
Guarav’s father Sunny Bains, said: “Finding out that Kiran is not a match for Guarav was really difficult news because it means that Guarav’s best chance of survival will be a bone marrow transplant from someone that we don’t know.
“We know that it is difficult to find matches for Asian patients because there is a lack of Asian donors on the bone marrow register. We have also been told that it will be best if Guarav has a transplant before Christmas, so we don’t have long to find that match.
“We just hope that someone out there is a match for Guarav. It would be amazing to find a matching donor for my son, but it’s not just about him. You could be a match for anyone out there in need of a bone marrow transplant.
“Now, more than ever, we’re asking everyone eligible to join Anthony Nolan’s bone marrow register. You could help our son or someone else who is in desperate need of a bone marrow transplant.”
The donor registration process can be started online.
Bhaveshree Chandegra, Anthony Nolan’s Asian campaign recruitment manager, said: “Like most people in need of a bone marrow transplant, Guarav doesn’t have a match within his family and is relying on the bone marrow register to find a suitable donor.
“Many people don’t realise how easy it is to join the bone marrow register – it simply involves filling in a form and providing a saliva sample.”
To register, visit http://www.anthonynolan.org.