ALMERIA Province is having a record year for potential bone-marrow donors. A total of 385 people came forward in 2014 but between January and mid- September 924 have already allowed their blood type to be forward to Spain’s Bone Marrow Donors Registry (REDMO).
This linked to other international clearing centres where donor’s bloodtypes are matched to patients in need of transplants.
Volunteers from the Spanish Legion (Brileg) based in Viator helped to increase this year’s figures when they answered a call from a fellow soldier whose nephew was dying from leukaemia.
The public is also now more aware of the need for donors, said Arif Laarej, the head of Almeria Province’s Blood Transfusion Centre.