Bone Marrow Couriers – one of the most rewarding jobs in transport?

An interesting article by BBC News takes a look into the life of a bone marrow courier.

We all get frustrated when yet again we see that “sorry we missed you” card on our doorstep. Failed deliveries are a frustration to say the least. But bear a thought for those in hospital, getting to the position where you are donated an organ is a mean feat in itself. However, there is still the unenviable task of getting the courier to deliver the vital organs safely and importantly – very quickly. Bone marrow for leukemia sufferers is no exception.

This is Beryl Sarsfield and she works for the Anthony Nolan Trust delivering bone marrow to patients across the world.

Beryl, a former nurse manager, admits the voluntary job can be a lonely one, but says it is great to know that her work is helping save lives.

“I feel very privileged to do it,” she said.

“Because of my previous nursing knowledge I know how important this is and that it is often a last ditch treatment.

“And my small part makes it happen. ”

Bone marrow needs to be delivered speedily, although the cells can survive for up to 48 hours, couriers do need to move fast as viability decreases as soon as it is collected.

What a responsibility, but it must be so rewarding.