The ‘sunshine’ that arrived on a mid-summer afternoon faded for parents Sarika and Amit (name changed) after a blood test done on their firstborn to study neo-natal jaundice, which showed a very low platelet count. A genetic test confirmed their son was born with Wiskott - Aldrich syndrome (WAS) a congenital disorder which occurs only in boys and is characterized by eczema, low platelet count and immune deficiency rendering a child prone to all kinds of opportunistic infections.
Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) has proved to be the new savior in such situations. A successful Haploidentical (Half-matched) Bone Marrow Transplant was performed by the Doctors at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) on the five month old child with the mother as donor.
FMRI has established itself amongst the top 10 centers across India where successful haploidentical BMTs are being performed. The unit recently achieved its 100th BMT, a rare feat for a center barely three years into operation.
Of the 50 centers carrying out regular BMTs in India, just about 15 have crossed the 100 mark. Also, of these, only 5 to 6 centers carry out haploidentical BMTs, a procedure where the bone marrow is taken from one of the parents or a sibling. This provides only a 50% match but has been proven to be effective.
Explaining the procedure Dr Satya P Yadav, Unit Head, Paediatric Haemato-Oncology & BMT at FMRI said that BMT offers a cure in a wide range of conditions from Leukemia, Thalassemia, Sickle cell anaemia, and bone marrow failure to Primary Immuno-deficiencies.
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