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KateMumsnet (MNHQ) Fri 07-Feb-14 22:00:17

Remember Margot? They've found a match!

Some brilliant news about a previous guest post, which asked for help finding a bone marrow match for Margot.

Because Margot is dual heritage, it was a particularly challenging task - but we’re completely thrilled to hear that a match has just been found. Read what her parents have to say in this guest post, and do share your thoughts on the thread below.

Vicki Martini

Mother of Margot

Posted on: Fri 07-Feb-14 22:00:17


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Margot has found a match

After an amazing worldwide appeal for new stem cell donors, we are delighted to tell you that we now have a confirmed stem cell donor for Margot and can move forward with her bone marrow transplant.

Please do have a look over here for the story so far - we were searching for a perfect match for Margot and whilst we didn’t find her perfect match, we are assured by the medical team at Great Ormond Street Hospital that the person who's come forward is an ‘adequate match’, and that it's a good option for us to pursue.

We've decide to seize this opportunity and avoid any delay in Margot’s treatment.

We know very little about the donor, but we thank them - from the bottom of our hearts - for agreeing to donate bone marrow and to meet the timetable proposed by the doctors. We hope, very much, that we can meet one day.

It's simply a numbers game: the greater the pool, the more lives can be
saved. If you haven't already registered - please, do.

We also want to thank everyone that has responded to our appeal and registered and shared our plight with others around the world. Together we have sparked an astonishing and unprecedented public response: over 50,000 people to date in the UK alone have expressed an interest in becoming potential stem cell donors.

The benevolence of so many thousands of people has already substantially increased the worldwide pool of potential stem cell donors - and we believe and hope that there is a growing momentum and ongoing worldwide interest for this to continue.

It’s simply a numbers game: the greater the pool, the more lives can be saved, just like Margot’s.

There are around 1,600 people annually in the UK in desperate need of a stem cell donation, and more than 37,000 people worldwide. If you haven’t already registered please do so, and if you have, please encourage friends and family to do so too - and don’t forget to return your swabs!

We are most grateful to Delete Blood Cancer UK and DKMS for all their support.

On behalf of Margot and all our family, thank you!

By Vicki Martini

Twitter: @swab4margot

ForgettableTampon Fri 07-Feb-14 22:07:22

What a brilliant update!

Massive finger crossing here for Margot x

PuzzleRocks Fri 07-Feb-14 22:17:55

Wonderful wonderful news. All the very best to you and your family, beautiful little Margot.

McFox Fri 07-Feb-14 22:28:46

That's fantastic news! Good luck to the whole family smile

Mignonette Fri 07-Feb-14 22:28:56

So very glad that there is a fighting chance now.

Wishing you all the very best. flowers

Purplehonesty Fri 07-Feb-14 22:29:26

That's brilliant! So pleased for you all grin

Pontouf Fri 07-Feb-14 22:29:32

Fantastic news! So pleased for Margot and her family smile

Paintyfingers Fri 07-Feb-14 22:42:01

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ILoveWoollyStuff Fri 07-Feb-14 22:49:09

That is truly wonderful news. I hope things work out well for Margot and for you all. thanks

Twunk Fri 07-Feb-14 22:52:31

This is bloody marvelous.

Since my son was diagnosed with ALL I have been on a crusade to get as many blood and stem cell donors as possible. Thankfully Alex does not need a bone marrow transplant but I am aware of the number of children and adults who do. I wish Margot (actually the daughter of "a friend of a friend" (small world innit?)) and her family the best of luck and much strength.

HumphreyCobbler Fri 07-Feb-14 22:52:41

so pleased to hear this

BrennanHasAMangina Fri 07-Feb-14 22:53:42

Wow! Amazing news! All the best to your family and cuddles for little Margot flowers.

NinjaPenguin Fri 07-Feb-14 22:56:24

Great news!

OhTinky Fri 07-Feb-14 22:59:05

Lovely news, GOSH does amazing work and I shall keep my fingers crossed for further success :-)

Honeysweet Fri 07-Feb-14 22:59:29


needthemoney Fri 07-Feb-14 23:04:54

She's such a sweetheart, wishing you all the very best smile

CouthyMow Fri 07-Feb-14 23:45:18

That's brilliant news. I've got my fingers crossed that the transplant goes well for Margot! thanks

Mellowandfruitful Fri 07-Feb-14 23:58:26

flowers for Margot and the family. Fingers crossed!

Solo Sat 08-Feb-14 01:03:12

This is fantastic news! smile
I tried phoning the organisation to ask a question, left my number but they've never phoned me back. Must phone again.

Blondieminx Sat 08-Feb-14 01:07:10

Fabulous update! Wishing little Margot all the best x

MrChow Sat 08-Feb-14 01:16:24

Fantastic. This really touched upon me and we both signed up. Little Margot has a double in my daughter smile

Pidgy Sat 08-Feb-14 03:36:16

Fab news! :-)

ZingSweetApple Sat 08-Feb-14 05:47:30

that is amazing news, so happy for you!thanks

(I couldn't personally donate at this time as pg, but so touched at the fab response!)

all the best!

insanityscatching Sat 08-Feb-14 06:00:52

Such lovely news hope everything goes smoothly.

OldBagWantsNewBag Sat 08-Feb-14 06:06:04

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