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People: GZSZ actor Timur Ülker donates bone marrow

People: GZSZ actor Timur Ülker donates bone marrow

In 2019, the “Good Times, Bad Times” actor registered as a potential stem cell donor – now he got a call. A child should get a new chance in life through him.

Actor Timur Ülker, known from the RTL series “Good Times, Bad Times” (GZSZ), has donated bone marrow for a child suffering from blood cancer. For the 34-year-old, it was “a real matter of the heart,” reported the organization DKMS, which is dedicated to the fight against blood cancer, on Wednesday in Cologne. Ülker registered as a potential donor in 2019 – almost five years later the time had actually come. The actor donated the bone marrow in Dresden. According to the information, it was intended for a young patient in England.

“I would do it again at any time,” the DKMS quoted the actor, who recently took on the role of the disciple Peter in the RTL Easter production “The Passion”. “This donation means a lot to me,” he said. “When I hopefully live to be at least 70 or 80 years old, I can say: I saved a human life or at least tried to and did everything I could for it.”

He didn’t hesitate for a moment

When the call came that he was being considered as a donor, it was immediately clear to him that he would help. This was followed by preliminary examinations and a comprehensive medical check. Ülker accepted it very calmly: “Everything was fine and it’s cool to get a routine check like that.”

According to the DKMS, there are two different methods of donating vital stem cells. In 90 percent of cases they are now taken from the bloodstream. Depending on the needs of the patient, it can sometimes be medically necessary for bone marrow to be removed from the donor’s iliac crest under general anesthesia – this was the case with Ülker. The shooting schedules at GZSZ were adjusted especially for him, he reported.

German bone marrow donor file DKMS

Ülker’s bone marrow donation is related to a registration campaign from 2019 at the Filmpark Babelsberg, in which GZSZ stars helped. Ülker was also there at the time and had himself added to the donor file, as the DKMS reported.

DKMS stands for German Bone Marrow Donor File. However, the organization operates globally.

Source: Stern

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