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Stem cells a-go-go

Earlier this week, Scott McCormick had his stem cells harvested for HSCT treatment at Hammersmith Hospital

Eros my mate.jpg

Meet Eros! That’s the big old chunky machine next to me, a centrifuge in essence, which will be taking my blood and spinning it. As the image below shows, the heavy red blood cells, will separate and settle at the very bottom and just above is an amber, orangey band; these are the magical stem cells, which will be decanted off for use later. The top and majority is the plasma, the main carrier of the bloods components. Fascinating stuff.

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This morning, when my blood results came back from the lab, they informed me that my stem cell count was very good at 3.13 million. I went to sleep in the room as they harvested the cells. Yay, a few ZZZZs!

Due to my count being a good one, my bones have let me know they have been working hard by aching quite a bit.

Eros was a good fella and did his job so very well. I found out that there are only three of these amazing machines at Hammersmith Hospital and cancer patients get higher priority, so that’s why there is a systemic bottle neck for HSCT treatment for MS patients. Seeing and hearing this really did make me aware of how lucky I am to have made it past the selection board.

And here they are. Have a look at that bag of freaking magic! Three million plus stem cells hot off the press, well my arm.

They have been confirmed as good to go and cryogenically frozen until my call back in a few weeks’ time.

To find out more about how this part of the treatment went and how Scott is feeling now, view his latest vlog here.

Me just told they have all the stem cells in the bag to my right.jpg