A SMILING two-year-old Gaurav Bains made a perfect present for his family when he woke up on Christmas Day evening after undergoing a bone marrow transplant.
A perfect match was found for the Tipton youngster after a national campaign and he had the operation on December 19.
"After that he was very sleepy," said his father Sunny Bains, of 77 Alexander Road. "But then at 7pm he woke up for a couple of hours and was smiling and giggling.
"It made our Christmas," added the parent who had spent the day at Birmingham Children's Hospital with his wife Gurpit and ate their lunch they had brought with them on the ward.
Gaurav's mum has been sleeping at the hospital helping her son who has a rare blood disorder.
It was a race against time as the toddler needed a transplant by the end of December to stop his condition turning into an aggressive form of childhood leukaemia called Monosomy 7.
His parents teamed up with the Anthony Nolan Trust to launch a campaign to persuade more Asian bone marrow donors to join the national register.
It was a success as in early December a perfect match was found for Gaurav and more than 500 people had signed up.
Dad Sunny said: "If I could, I would give the donor the biggest hug in the world. It is the best ever Christmas present for us."
For two years the patient and the donor are not told any details but they can meet up after that date.
"He is making the right progress," said Sunny. "We just hope this is the start of a good 2014 for us all."
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