Twenty-two officers from Faro’s PSP special police unit have registered as bone marrow donors at Faro Hospital in a bid to find a match for six-year-old Miguel Caeiro.
Miguel, the eldest son of two nurses who work at the Algarve’s University Hospital Board (CHUA), was diagnosed last month with myelodysplastic syndrome, a blood disorder that causes a drop in healthy blood cells.
His best hope to overcome the disorder is to receive a bone marrow transplant from a suitable donor. Thus, his parents have launched the ‘Todos com o Miguel’ (Everyone with Miguel) campaign in a bid to encourage as many people as possible to register as donors, who can choose to donate blood, bone marrow or both.
In the Algarve, donations can be made at Faro Hospital on Mondays between 8.30am and 12.30pm (although donors must register beforehand: +351 289 891 275) or at Portimão Hospital from Monday to Thursday between 2pm and 3.30pm (+351 282 450 341).
To learn of more ways you can help, visit ‘Todos com o Miguel’ on Facebook.