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Fortis Memorial Research Institute successfully performs Matched Unrelated Donor Transplantation on one-year-old thalassemia patient

Doctors at Fortis Memorial Research Institute saved the life of a one-year-old thalassemia patient by performing a “Matched Unrelated Donor Transplantation (MUD)”. The baby was diagnosed with “Thalassemia Major” and lifelong blood transfusions were initially considered the only option. However, Dr. Vikas Dua, presented the option of Matched Unrelated Donor Transplantation, as an option as no full match donor was available in the family. Dr. Vikas and his team started the search and found that there is a possible unrelated match available in an Indian registry. All the permutations and combinations were explored and a transplant was successfully conducted.

Dr. Rahul Bhargava, Director, Institute Of Blood Disorders and Bone Marrow Transplant at FMRI said, “It is important for all couples who are about to conceive to undergo a thalassemia check test called HPLC. With simplest measure of counselling and check-up, we can save a life.”

Dr Vikas Dua, Additional Director & HOD, Institute Of Blood Disorders and Bone Marrow Transplant said, “When a baby is diagnosed with Thalassemia Major, they require regular blood transfusions. This, along with the cost of medications, can cause the family financial burden. In such cases, the hope is Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT), which is boon for all Thalassemia patients. However very few people are aware of the fact that a Matched Unrelated Donor Transplantation can be conducted successfully with an unrelated donor. In this particular case, the transplant was carried out and it went well. The baby is doing fine one-year post the transplant.”

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