Rotherham officer provides a second chance at life

Date published: 02 February 2019 10:00
Dated: 02 February 2019 10:00:06

An officer from Rotherham will become a lifesaver but not in the usual policing way.

PC Luke Bugdol from the Central Rotherham Neighbourhood Policing Team will undertake a selfless act of donating his bone marrow to a person with cancer.

Every 20 minutes somebody in the UK is diagnosed with a blood cancer, such a leukaemia, lymphoma or myeloma and only around 30 per cent of people find a match within their own families- this emphasises the importance of donors and those registered.

PC Bugdol first thought about becoming a bone marrow donor two years ago, while at work. Following their attendance at an incident, himself and his colleague started talking about bone and organ donation.

PC Budgol said: “After that conversation, without hesitation, at the end of my shift, I went home and registered to become a donor. It wasn’t something I had thought about before.
“Registering was really easy- I registered online and was sent a ‘swab’ kit. I swabbed the inside of my mouth and send it back in a pre-paid envelope. It was as easy as that.”

Two years later, he received a telephone call saying he was a match to somebody in need. He immediately said he would help.

PC Bugdol’s operation is scheduled to take place on Monday 4 February, where he will attend a private hospital in London. During the operation, surgeons will drill into his bone and extract vital stem cells. This procedure is done under general anaesthetic and the donor is usually back to being fit and well within a few weeks.

The details of PC Budgol’s donation remain anonymous, but if successful, he will be given the opportunity to meet the recipient, if they agree.

Jenny Lax, Inspector for Rotherham Central Neighbour Policing Team said: “I am so proud of Luke for this selfless act. He is a caring, compassionate officer, and his passion to help people is reflected in his anonymous donation.”

PC Budgol said he urges anybody who has considered becoming a donor to sign up. He added: “To be able to do this for somebody is a privilege. To be somebody’s match could be a one in a million chance, you could be that one person that makes all the difference. “

PC Budgol is registered with charity DKMS (We Delete Blood Cancer) but there are many organisations you can sign up to that are all linked to the British Bone Marrow Registry.

You can find out more information on the NHS Blood and Transplant website.

We will be sharing updated of PC Budgol’s journey on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

PC Luke Bugdol urges people to sign up to the bone marrow register

PC Luke Bugdol urges people to sign up to the bone marrow register

PC Luke Bugdol outside Rotherham Main Street station

PC Luke Bugdol outside Rotherham Main Street station

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