Sailor John Paul Peltier from Naval Branch Health Clinic Groton, has save a life through stem cell donation. The recipient of his 2008 transplant made a full recovery.

Peltier, who had registered as a potential bone marrow donor , was contacted by the registry In July 2008, as he was a perfect match for a 40-year-old man from England who was suffering from acute myeloid leukemia (AML) and would die without a bone marrow transplant, waiting eagerly for a stem cell transplant.

Peltier took medication for five days that made some of his bone marrow (stem cells) separate from his bones, enter his blood stream, and become extractable through the medical technique, Apheresis.

Through Apheresis, blood is taken from one arm of the donor, sent through an apparatus that separates the bone marrow from it, and then fed back into the other arm of the donor.

The entire process usually takes about three to five hours to complete, during which most donors can relax and watch movies and enjoy juice and cookies.

There are hundreds of thousands of people around the world and more than 500 DOD employees and dependants currently waiting for a bone marrow transplant. Each has only a 25 percent chance of finding a donor in their own family. Most must rely on the registry.

A bone marrow transplant can help people survive illnesses like leukemia, aplastic anemia, and some immune deficiency diseases.The forms of leukemia that are combated with bone marrow transplants are Acute Myelogenous Leukemia (AML), Acute Myelomonocytic Leukemia (AMML), Chronic Myelogenous Leukemia (CML), and Chronic Myelomonocytic Leukemia (CMML).

Source: The Dolphin