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Laura Regan Saved by Stranger!

21 year old Laura Regan was told last June she suffers from a life threatening cancer, lymphoblastic leukaemia and that she needed a bone marrow transplant to save her life.

None of her family members where match so she signed up to the Anthony Nolan register in the hope a stranger would be able to come forward and donate their stem cell.

The 21-year-old waited for five months before a match was found and has now written an open letter to the donor, who she described as a "truly selfless person’’.

Laura was sitting in her doctor’s room when she was surprised to hear that a match had been found and she was completely overwhelmed.

After the surgery Laura wrote a letter to thank the stranger for donation, in the letter she wrote:

"I can't believe that someone would actually be willing to do that for a complete stranger; you are a truly selfless person, When your cells arrived for me I was so excited - this was my day zero, the first day of the rest of my life, and you were making it a possibility. Since my diagnosis, I had simply been taking one day at a time and didn't dare think about the future, but when I received your cells, that all changed. It was the first time that I felt like I really had a chance of looking forward; you genuinely gave me the opportunity to live and, as my perfect tissue match, you were the one person in the world who could make this possible. I knew that I still had a long way to go, but if it wasn't for you, then I wouldn't be going anywhere at all, Every day I feel a little bit stronger and that is all down to you and the wonderful gift that you gave me, I will never be able to repay you for what you have given me but I hope you know how truly grateful I am."

By Tamzin