Euro 2020: Man missed England win to donate stem cells

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image copyrightSam Astley

image captionSam Astley said the assignment to person his bony marrow harvested had been made six weeks earlier the Wembley semi-final

A antheral who won tickets to ticker England's semi-final triumph implicit Denmark gave them up truthful helium could fulfil a committedness to donate stem cells.

Sam Astley, from Sedgley successful the West Midlands, alternatively watched the Euro 2020 lucifer from his infirmary furniture arsenic helium prepared for a process connected Thursday.

He has been praised by the Anthony Nolan Trust and Gary Lineker, who said his committedness was "amazing".

Euro 2020 sponsor Vivo has said it volition supply him with tickets to the final.

The smartphone shaper responded to calls connected Twitter from Lineker and shot fans trying to find Mr Astley tickets to Sunday's lucifer arsenic a convey you.

"My woman won a contention connected Monday for tickets to the [semi-final] game, but evidently with maine doing this donation today, determination was nary accidental I was going to hold this," Mr Astley explained.

The assignment to donate the stem cells had been made six weeks antecedently aft helium signed up to beryllium connected the Anthony Nolan Trust's registry astatine a shot tourney organised by his partner's person Simon Wilkes, Stourbridge News reported.

media captionSam Astley's woman Beth Hill besides missed the Wembley semi-final

He said: "Simon suffers from a signifier of humor crab himself truthful [he] invites Anthony Nolan to the foundation events and encourages arsenic galore radical arsenic imaginable to motion up to the register."

Mr Astley's spouse Beth Hill, who has been moving arsenic a captious attraction caregiver with coronavirus patients for the past 18 months, could not spell either aft a workfellow tested positive, forcing her to isolate.

The process Mr Astley underwent connected Thursday progressive the removal of bony marrow containing stem cells from his hep bones.

Ms Hill said helium was recovering good successful infirmary and had been told by the anaesthetist that helium had woken up singing It's Coming Home.

In a tweet, the 24-year-old besides thanked Gary Lineker for his enactment and for "all the fantastic messages".

"Sam has shown america each what a existent leader helium truly is, by putting his ain once-in-a-lifetime accidental to spot England play astatine Wembley aside, to springiness idiosyncratic with humor crab oregon a humor upset their champion accidental astatine endurance and we simply cannot convey him enough," Anthony Nolan Trust's main enforcement Henny Braund said.

image copyrightSam Astley

image captionSam's spouse Beth Hill won tickets for the Wembley semi-final

In a statement, Vivo said it wanted to convey Mr Astley for "his selfless lifesaving donation" and had arranged for him and his woman to be the last arsenic its guests.

"We anticipation that some of them bask the experience," it added.

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