Terrific Doncaster teen is real life-saver

Joseph Bennett, 19, of Conisbrough, has donated bone marrow.
Joseph Bennett, 19, of Conisbrough, has donated bone marrow.
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A caring Doncaster teenager has given the gift of life after donating bone marrow to save a dying man in America.

Family members and a donor charity have praised Joseph Bennett, 19, for his amazing act of transatlantic generosity.

Modest Joseph, of Low Road, Conisbrough, said: “The operation is a little painful in the short term, but in the long term you can help to save someone’s life.”

The youngster, who works at Toyota Burrows car dealership in Doncaster, was inspired to put himself on the Anthony Nolan charity donor register after watching an emotional meeting between a young patient and his donor on ITV show Surprise! Surprise! last year.

After he gave a saliva sample, the charity got in touch in March and said they had found a match for a male leukaemia patient in America who was in urgent need for bone marrow. Only around one in 1000 people on the register ever come up as a match for someone who needs a transplant.

He had an operation to remove bone marrow from his pelvis at King’s College Hospital in London on Wednesday, July 30. To donate, visit www.anthonynolan.org.