After Westerwelle's death: greater willingness to donate bone marrow

After Westerwelle's death: greater willingness to donate bone marrow

Cooking marrow donation: Westerwelle death ensures a higher willingness to donate
According to a media report, the willingness to donate bone marrow has increased following the death of former Federal Foreign Minister and FDP chairman Guido Westerwelle. The politician had died of his blood cancer.

Since Westerwelle's death, more donors have been registered
The death of former Federal Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle triggered an increased willingness to donate bone marrow. This reports the "Bild am Sonntag" (BaS). The former FDP chairman died of leukemia on March 18 at the age of 54. According to the newspaper, around 17,000 potential donors have since registered with the German Bone Marrow Donor File (DKMS). This was 5,000 more than the previous week.

Already announcement of the illness increased the willingness to donate
The day after the politician's death, there were 4,265 donors, three to four times as many as on other days. According to media reports, even when Westerwelle's disease became known in 2014, there were more bone marrow donors than in the previous year. In addition, the DKMS saw a significant increase in registrations for stem cell donation after the FDP politician published a book about his illness last November and reported on television, among other things.

Stem cell donations can save lives
6.2 million potential donors are currently registered with the DKMS worldwide, almost 50,000 have already donated. Health experts repeatedly point out that stem cell donations can save lives. In principle, any healthy adult aged 18 to 55 can become a stem cell donor. On the DKMS website you can check whether you are a suitable donor. The criteria by which a donation is excluded include diseases of the cardiovascular system such as heart attack, metabolic diseases such as diabetes, cancer or severe kidney diseases. (ad)

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