Bike is stolen from bone marrow donor

Gazette: Bike is stolen from bone marrow donor Bike is stolen from bone marrow donor

A BONE marrow donor has had the bike he was using as part of his recovery stolen.

Ryan Appleton, 25, underwent an operation in August and is still trying to get back to full fitness.

This has been put on hold as his red Raleigh rally airlite racing bike was stolen from outside his Colchester home.

He said: “I use the bike regularly.

I’m just getting back to fitness – it is a long recovery progress.

“Not having it is a nightmare. It has put a stop to everything.

“I was using the bike because it is less impact than running, to ease myself back into training.

“It has put a stop to that. I haven’t been able to do anything since.”

The bike was locked in the cycle store outside Mr Appleton’s flat on the Solus estate, off Berechurch Hall Road.

Read the full story in today's Gazette.

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3:16pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

It's a wonderful thing to be able to donate like this guy and he does not deserve to have his bike stolen but something doesn't ring true with this story. I understood, following donating bone marrow, it takes just a few weeks to fully recover. I know of a donor who was back to full fitness in Six weeks.

Obviously different for someone receiving bone marrow. So is he still recovering from donating over Seven months ago or did he receive bone marrow?
It's a wonderful thing to be able to donate like this guy and he does not deserve to have his bike stolen but something doesn't ring true with this story. I understood, following donating bone marrow, it takes just a few weeks to fully recover. I know of a donor who was back to full fitness in Six weeks. Obviously different for someone receiving bone marrow. So is he still recovering from donating over Seven months ago or did he receive bone marrow? Say It As It Is OK?
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4:18pm Wed 5 Mar 14

The Stinker Returns says...

My thoughts entirely. As I understand it (and someone I know well received bone marrow very recently) the donor does not suffer anywhere nearly as badly as they used to. The op is more of a blood taking exercise I believe nowadays but please correct me if I am wrong
My thoughts entirely. As I understand it (and someone I know well received bone marrow very recently) the donor does not suffer anywhere nearly as badly as they used to. The op is more of a blood taking exercise I believe nowadays but please correct me if I am wrong The Stinker Returns
  • Score: -3

5:05pm Wed 5 Mar 14

ColchesterCyclist says...

There are two different methods of donating bone marrow. The bone marrow harvest and the PBSC version. The Harvest requires a hospital stay and the procedure is carried out by screwing two host needles into the donors pelvis at two sites with a syringe used to extract marrow from the centre of the bone (usually 20% of total marrow). This requires a number of months recovery due to procedure and regrowth of marrow. The PBSC (blood taking exercise) is where hormones are given to the donor over a week, after which their blood is passed through a dialysis machine to collect the stem cells. This can be done as an outpatient and is over a couple of hours and has minor after effects post procedure.

The procedure required is determined on the centres requests and consultations with the donor.
There are two different methods of donating bone marrow. The bone marrow harvest and the PBSC version. The Harvest requires a hospital stay and the procedure is carried out by screwing two host needles into the donors pelvis at two sites with a syringe used to extract marrow from the centre of the bone (usually 20% of total marrow). This requires a number of months recovery due to procedure and regrowth of marrow. The PBSC (blood taking exercise) is where hormones are given to the donor over a week, after which their blood is passed through a dialysis machine to collect the stem cells. This can be done as an outpatient and is over a couple of hours and has minor after effects post procedure. The procedure required is determined on the centres requests and consultations with the donor. ColchesterCyclist
  • Score: 6

7:24pm Wed 5 Mar 14

Dwarfslayer87 says...

You all seemed to have missed the point of this article, by quite a long way! This young man has had his bike stolen, that was the intended issue. Yet you have decided to pick at the recovery time from an operation, which neither of you has been through personally (colchestercyclist not included).
Your time could be better spent taking part in something positive like Ryan has done, and hopefully improve someone's life.
You all seemed to have missed the point of this article, by quite a long way! This young man has had his bike stolen, that was the intended issue. Yet you have decided to pick at the recovery time from an operation, which neither of you has been through personally (colchestercyclist not included). Your time could be better spent taking part in something positive like Ryan has done, and hopefully improve someone's life. Dwarfslayer87
  • Score: 7

7:07am Thu 6 Mar 14

gabe222 says...

Maybe Mr Appleton should have left a message on his bike saying " Just under gone opperation trying to get fit, please do not steal " and then the thief would not have taken the bike.
Maybe Mr Appleton should have left a message on his bike saying " Just under gone opperation trying to get fit, please do not steal " and then the thief would not have taken the bike. gabe222
  • Score: -5

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