Bindu Shajan Perappadan

NEW DELHI: Doctors at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital here have successfully performed an unrelated double cord blood stem cell transplant on a one-year-old boy from Pakistan who was admitted with a rare disorder of the immune system that is fatal unless treated by a stem cell transplant.

“This boy is a single child and there was no donor in the family who matched him for stem cell transplant. He was referred to our hospital for unrelated cord blood transplant. We approached Reliance Cord Bank in Mumbai for cord blood units and found two suitable units. The child underwent the transplant on March 15 and has recovered. His new cord stem cells started making white cells on the 21 {+s} {+t} day and platelets on the 28 {+t} {+h} day after transplant,” said a doctor of the hospital on Tuesday.

“With a huge burden of blood and cancer diseases in India for which bone marrow transplant is a curative option, India needs more centres that carry out the procedure. The current facilities are still limited and cannot address the patient load,” said Dr. B.K. Rao, Chairman of the Board of Management at the hospital.