First bone marrow transplant performed in Nashik

The city`s first bone marrow transplant has been performed by a leading haematologist on a woman.

Last Updated: Oct 19, 2010, 18:18 PM IST

Nashik: The city`s first bone marrow transplant has been performed successfully in the district by a leading haematologist on a woman.

Bone marrow transplant is a complex procedure like Kidney and liver transplantation and is a boon for patients suffering from various diseases like Thalassemia, Blood
Cancer, Myeloma and Lymphomo, Dr Pritesh Junagade, who is also haemato-oncologist, told reporters last night.

"The 21-year-old woman from Sangamner, who underwent the procedure, had a plastic anaemia and she needed regular blood and platelet transfusion to keep her alive. Her brother was tested to see if his bone marrow matched. It did and the marrow was emoved from the donor and placed in the patient," he said adding four weeks later, the patients blood count was normal.

Dr Junagade, who was in London for seven years and returned to Nashik, said the transplant was carried out successfully at the cost of Rs 5.5 lakh.

PTI