March 25, 2007

Bitter Fruit

When he was first diagnosed with cancer some years ago, Simon Pretty’s sister agreed to be a bone marrow donor. She is a perfect match for his rare tissue type.

Simon went into remission in 2004 without the need for bone marrow.

In February his cancer returned, but not his sister, who has changed her mind about donating to the 43 year, a man with two masters degrees and currently studying for his PhD, and father of three, all of his children under the age of 10 years.

The UK tissue registry can’t help and doctors are hoping an international search may hold some small chance for a match, if they can keep Simon alive for long enough, with aggressive chemotherapy.

The brother and sister aren’t “close”. I don’t comprehend why that is relevant to anything under the sun.

Simon’s wife has tried pleading with the sister, as you do in these circumstances:

She said 'Sorry, I am not doing it'. I asked her to give me a reason and she said 'I am putting my family first'.

"I explained that there were no risks involved. I was so upset and I said, 'Don’t you care if your brother dies?' She said 'It’s very sad', and smirked."

Many commenters are taking the view that this is a “moral dilemma”.

It isn’t.

Reap what you s0w Helen Pretty.

In the meantime, lets hope that somewhere out there in the world a thoughtful stranger, with a working moral compass, can be found to help save Simon Pretty’s life.


  1. Wow. "It's very sad." A new benchmark of coldness has been established.

  2. Tragic, simply tragic.