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'I just hope my cells can save the child'

A LOCAL man donated stem cells at a hospital yesterday, in a bid to save the life of a five-year-old boy in Beijing with leukemia.

The donation by Sun Ji, 32, at Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital was the 200th made to the stem cell donor bank, the first bank outside Beijing to reach this figure.

The cells were sent to Beijing in the afternoon and transplanted last night.

It will take about three weeks to confirm whether the transplant has been a success.

Officials from Shanghai Red Cross, which oversees the city's stem cell donor bank, said it has more than 101,400 people registered as donors. About 85 percent of leukemia patients can find a match among them.

"The China stem cell bank has 1.3 million registered donors and will reach 2 million in five years, according to the authorities' plan," said Zhang Jin, a Red Cross official. "The Shanghai bank is continuing to attract new donors."

Sun, who registered with the bank three years ago, said he just wants to help others.

"I have received a letter of gratitude from the boy's mother and a drawing he made," Sun said. "I just hope my cells can save the child."


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