AN URGENT appeal has been launched in New York calling for an Irish donor to come forward for a Dublin-born doctor in urgent need of a stem-cell donation.
Princeton physician Dr. Aiden Doyle has spent much of his life helping others.
Born and raised in the Irish capital, the 76-year-old was diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic.
Now, according to the New York Blood Center, he is in desperate need of a steam-cell donation before the end of the month ahead of a second round of chemotherapy at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Hospital in Manhattan.
According to Jair Thompson of “Be the Match,” a program of the National Marrow Donor Program, they are particularly keen on hearing from New York’s Irish community.
“This is an emergency appeal on behalf of Dr. Doyle’s oncologists,” Thompson told The New York Post.
An URGENT call to the NY Irish American community! If you are between ages of 18 to 44, please consider helping our dear friend Dr Aiden Doyle. https://t.co/LGhNopNcbZ Thx @nypost and NY Blood Center for this appeal. ☘️💚
— Dick Kearns (@dickkearns) November 23, 2020
Because patients are most likely to match with those who share the same ethnic background, Thompson is eager to hear from Irish-Americans as Doyle is of 100% Irish ancestry.
The Dublin-born physician is a father of two and grandfather of three.
As a medical student he helped establish a free clinic for children suffering from spina bifida.
He went on to complete his residency in neurosurgery at NYU and Bellevue hospitals before going on to work at the Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital and St. Peter’s Medical Center in New Jersey, where he saved countless lives.
Anyone wishing to help is encouraged to contact either the National Blood Center or the Be the Match organisation.