“A DESPERATE husband has offered $10,000 to the person who saves his dying wife’s life with a bone marrow transplant. Mother-of-three Josie Panetta, who turns 37 next Sunday, has acute myeloid leukemia.
Doctors have told her she will be dead in two months unless a donor is found – but none of the 160,000 people on the Australian Bone Marrow Registry is a match. Family members – grandparents, uncles, aunts and cousins – have been tested with no match.”
WOW! There are around 19.1 million people in Australia (source The Economist) and they have 160,000 people registered as bone marrow transplant donors. Mexico has around 98.9 million people (same source) and there are 3,800 people registered as bone marrow transplant donors.
I thought about this option (offering money if a match was found) when I was talking to the mexican registry. The problem is that the mexican registry lacks the ability and infrastructure to obtain samples from a lot of people. They make it very, very difficult. Dr. Gorodesky who manages the registry spent more time fighting with me than offering help. It’s not that people in Mexico don’t want to register, it’s that the registry manager is not doing the job well.
Why dont they publish the womans HLA typing?
Complete article of the husband offering money can be found here.