Indian doctors cure thalassaemia using stem cells

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When others of her age played with dolls, eight-year-old Thamirabharani was taking blood transfusions.
Born with thalassaemia, she has, however, found hope. She was detected with the disease when she was a year and a half and has been undergoing regular blood transfusions since.

Haematologist Revathy Raj and his team from Apollo Gleneagles hospital in Chennai gave a new lease of life to the little girl from Coimbatore through stem cell transplantation. Doctors said she is now fully cured and has not needed a single transfusion since March.

Doctors claimed this is the first success story in India using the stem cells from the umbilical cord blood of a sibling.
When her father Senthil Kumar, a carpenter, came to know of stem cell transfusion and Life Cell and its process of banking stem cells from umbilical cord blood, they decided to have another child.

When Thamirabharani was two years old, her mother conceived again but the foetus was also diagnosed with Thalassae-mia. They had it terminated and tried again.
During the second attempt, doctors found the foetus was a Thalassaemia carrier but not affected by it. They collected the blood from the umbilical cord, cultivated the stem cells during delivery of the baby boy and asked Life Cell to preserve it for a year.

In March, Raj and his team started working on the transplantation process.
“The first step was to destroy all the existing bone marrow cells using chemotherapy. Next came transplanting stem cells from the donor,” said Raj.

from http://www.hindustantimes.com/StoryPage/Print/454758.aspx

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  1. Sub:- transplant of Stem Cell.

    In reference to above cited subject it stated that in Bikaner (Rajasthan) approx. 50 children suffering from Thalassemia and out of them 07 children are capable to pay cost of transplant of Stem Cell fee.

    Further, I want to know total charge i.e fee of transplant Operation, cost of Stem Cell (providing by you) or cost of Stem cell if providing by us & hospital charges etc.

    Yours sincerely

    Narayan Singh Gahlot

    Near Rawat Ram Ji Chaki

    Panwar Sir Kunwon

    Bikaner (Rajasthan)

    PIN-334001

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