What Thy says about his stem cell donation
Lennart Thy is celebrated for his stem cell donation. The great hype is almost unpleasant for the former inhabitant of Bremen. For him it is a matter of course.
Because he missed a league game because of a stem cell donation, Lennart Thy was celebrated by the fans of his club VVV Venlo at the weekend – but the big hype about his person is almost unpleasant for him.
Thy said at a press conference on Tuesday that he was not particularly proud.
The 26-year-old had not met at PSV Eindhoven (0:3) because a rare match with his DNA had been found in a leukaemia patient. Thy therefore donated blood instead of playing in consultation with his club Venlo. PSV fans chose Thy, currently loaned to Venlo by Werder Bremen, as “Man of the Match”.
“If I had a human life on one side and a football match on the other, I would always choose human life. I don’t know who’s different. That’s why the decision wasn’t difficult for me,” said Thy.
Lennart has set an exclamation mark,” said Werder defender Sebastian Langkamp on Tuesday.
During the match on Sunday, the 30,000 spectators celebrated Thy with standing ovations. Numerous banners such as “Respect Lennart” and “SympaTHYk” were also used in other first division matches.
“It shows the humanity that otherwise seems a bit lost,” said Thy, who was not at the stadium himself because of the five-hour intervention at the weekend. I am against Twente on 1 January. But April will be there again.”
Thy gave a DNA sample seven years ago during a typing campaign, but last week it was found to agree: “It was more the initiative of the association. Today I’m happy about it. It’s such an easy way to save lives,” said Thy, who played for the Bremen U23 at the time.
His club followed Andy’s example. The trainer team of the Dutch first division team also took part in a typing campaign.