|Yan Ning and Yan Ping, from south China's Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, have donated their hematopoietic stem cells (HSC) to help two people in 2008 and 2018.[China.com]|
This is the first case in China where a couple of sisters have both successfully had their HSC transplanted to others.
"It is fortunate to have the opportunity to save others' lives," Yan Ning said.
Her elder sister Yan Ping's husband is a blood donation volunteer who was once awarded the National Silver Medal for Blood Donors. He joined the China Marrow Donor Program (CMDP) earlier than Yan Ping.
Influenced by him, Yan Ping, as a college teacher, learned some knowledge about HSC transplantation. She and Yan Ning became volunteer HSC donors in March 2008.
The Red Cross in Baise, a city in Guangxi, informed Yan Ping in May 2010 that her blood basically matched with a patient with blood disease while she was preparing for pregnancy.
After learning that all indicators of the body will change after pregnancy and affect HSC transplantation, she decided to postpone her plans for children, which also received the support of her family.
Yan Ping's donation saved a patient from Beijing, which also made her become the first woman who finished HSC transplantation in Baise.
As she shared her feelings and changes during the process of HSC transplantation on social media, many people learned about the procedure and potential impact and joined the team of donors.
Yan Ping has participated in the promotional activities of the Red Cross Society of Baise many times, encouraging more volunteers to join CMDP.
Yan Ning works in a government department in Baise and she was informed on January 30, 2016 that her cells matched successfully with a baby with blood disease.
With her sister's company, she traveled to Liuzhou on May 26 and finished HSC transplantation five days later.
Yan Ning said that she cherished the opportunity to save other's life.
Yan Ping said that she hoped every one would be able to make contributions to society and offer help to people in need.
(Source: zqb.cyol.com/ Translated and edited by Women of China)