A Laois woman’s campaign to save her partner’s life has attracted global attention after being spread far and wide on Facebook.
Sabina Patycja Berth noticed before Christmas that her partner Kamil Ossowski, with doctors later diagnosing him with acute myeloid leukemia following tests.
Father of five Kamil, 38, is now receiving treatment in St James’s Hospital in Dublin and has undergone one round of chemotherapy, but Sabina has said that a bone marrow transplant is the only way to save his life.
The marrow that Kamil requires is incredibly specific and rare though, with the chances of finding a match estimates at one in five million and only eight to 10 weeks to find a donor.
Speaking to Laois Today, Sabina said they need as many people as possible to sign up to the international bone marrow database to see if they are a match.
The personal trainer said Kamil had always been a ‘very fit and healthy person’ who is massively into sport and fitness and always had a health diet.
‘I never expected anything like this to happen to him,’ she said. ‘After the second lockdown, we both returned to work and I noticed that he was very weak.
‘He was suffering from blackouts so he went to check his bloods — thinking that it was something to do with anaemia.
‘But on December 15, the doctors sent us for a second test and then two days later we were sent to Tullamore Hospital as doctors wanted to check his bone marrow.
‘Over there, the doctors told us that Kamil has an acute leukaemia and it really was horrible news. He told Kamil that he needed to go on chemotherapy immediately.’
Kamil was able to spend Christmas at home before returning to Dublin for treatment, where Sabina has been unable to visit him due to COVID-19 restrictions.
She set up a Facebook page last week, asking people to come forward to have their blood tested to see if they are a match, and she said she has been overwhelmed by the reaction so far.
‘People from Poland, Portugal, Norway, Great Britain, the USA and many other countries have contacted me to say they have signed up wherever they live,’ she said, adding that the page has been shared more than 35,000 times.
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