'I was a nervous donor but didn't hesitate when call came'

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 06 April, 2006, 12:00am

Lui Sze-man was so nervous the first time he made a bone-marrow donation he fainted. But that didn't stop him stepping forward six months later when he heard the leukaemia patient needed more. Mr Lui made the first donation for Annie Lai Man-wai, now 34, in February 2004. 'Finding a matching donor is as difficult as winning the Mark Six. So I did not hesitate when I received a phone call from hospital that my bone marrow could safe a life.

'I became very nervous when I saw needles and blood,' Mr Lui said, explaining why he fainted. After six months, I received another call from hospital that they needed my marrow again. I felt that I should continue to offer help because I was the only person who could save the patient's life at the time.'

In the end it was not his donations but those of another man that saved Ms Lai's life. She said: 'I felt very bad when I was told by the nurse that the donor had fainted. I was so lucky to have two matching donors to save my life.'