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Hundreds register as Birmingham bone marrow donors

Sunny and Gaurav
Image caption Gaurav Bains could develop an aggressive form of leukaemia unless a bone marrow match is found

More than 300 people have registered as bone marrow donors as part of a campaign to find a match for a toddler who urgently needs a transplant.

Gaurav Bains, two, has a rare immune condition and so far efforts to find a suitable donor have failed.

An event has been held at Birmingham's Nishkam Centre to raise awareness among the city's south Asian community.

One of the volunteers involved, Reena Combo, said it had gone really well and 343 people had signed up on Saturday.

"There's a chance for Gurav to find a match and if not Gurav, then someone else," she said.

It is believed Gaurav, from Tipton in the West Midlands, could develop an aggressive form of childhood leukaemia if he does not have a bone marrow transplant.

About 4% of those registered across the country are from the Asian community.

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