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Army wife seeks bone marrow match

Anaseini Vuinakelo
Anaseini Vuinakelo's husband is serving with the British Army

The British Army has hosted a special bone marrow donor session in Berkshire to try to find a match for the wife of a soldier who has leukaemia.

Dozens of soldiers queued at Arborfield Barracks to give blood samples in the hope one might be a match for Fijian-born Anaseini Vuinakelo.

She said she was grateful to the Army, saying they had flown her sister to the UK for tests, but she was not a match.

The session was organised by the Anthony Nolan Bone Marrow register.

Mrs Vuinakelo, whose Fijian husband serves with the Army, said: "Because of my illness, the Army has relocated my husband to Arborfield because it's much closer to the Royal Berkshire where my consultants are.

"I'm very grateful to the Army for all the help they've provided.

"They've even paid for my sister's air fares to come over and have a blood test and unfortunately they weren't a match to me."

A match is most likely to be found for Mrs Vuinakelo from within the Fijian community.

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The donor session was held at Arborfield Barracks in Berkshire



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