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28 Mar 2016 2 Comments

Aplastic Anemia Treated Using Child’s Own Umbilical Cord Stem Cells

At Tehran Iran, a six-year-old child affected by Aplastic Anaemia was successfully treated with his own umbilical cord stem cells. This is the world’s second autologous (self) umbilical cord transplant performed for Aplastic Anaemia.

Life Of 6-Year-Old Carain With Aplastic Anaemia

Aplastic Anaemia is a rare and serious condition in which the bone marrow fails to produce enough number of blood cells. In normal anaemia, the red blood cells are present in low quantity whereas in aplastic anaemia the production of all the blood cells including red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets are affected. This condition results in fatigue, shortness of breath, irregular heartbeat, higher risk of infection, and uncontrolled bleeding. It can occur at any age and requires a frequent blood transfusion.

Carain, the six-year-old kid had to experience serious effects of aplastic anaemia before receiving umbilical cord treatment. Initially, doctors who treated Carain thought that stem cell transplant is the best treatment option and looked for a donor but failed to find a match. Later, they found that the kid’s umbilical cord stem cells were preserved in a private stem cell bank when he was born.

Umbilical Cord Banking Helped Carain Fight This Condition

Six years ago when Carain was born, his parents made the right decision of preserving his umbilical cord blood stem cells in a private stem cell bank. Doctors found the stored stem cells as ‘light’ midst of darkness because it is a perfect match for Carain. The primary concern for any transplant treatment is transplant rejection but in Carain’s case, the rejection issue is ruled out as the stem cells are autologous.

The treatment involved various risks as this is the world’s second autologous stem cell transplant performed for Aplastic Anemia. However, Carain’s health improved and showed significant progress; within 3 weeks, his platelets returned to a normal level and test results came out normal after one month.

The boy was affected with severe Aplastic Anaemia with a failed bone marrow functioning but in a short span of 6 months, his own umbilical cord stem cells helped him get better. Stem cells are indeed lifesavers that can make a difference in the lives of people who suffer from serious medical ailments.

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