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Stem Cell breakthrough in India’s Kolkata hospital

Last Updated: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 16:27

Zeenews Bureau

Kolkata: In what can be stated to be a huge feat for India, stem cell treatment in a Kolkata hospital threw it further into limelight.

Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose Cancer Research Institute carried out a remarkable transplant from an unrelated donor on Sunday. Cord blood from an infant was transferred to a patient Amal Majumdar who was suffering from aplastic anaemia.

Aplastic anaemia is a condition where bone marrow does not produce sufficient new cells to replenish blood cells.

Japan was the first to break this barrier whose success rate so far has been 80%.

According to the director of the institute, Ashish Mukherjee, “This is a path-breaking event because neither the patient’s blood group nor HLA matched with the new born girl whose stem cells are about to give Amal a new lease of life.Since cord blood stem cells have less antigenic property, they can be used without a blood group or genetic match. But for bone marrow transplant we need an HLA match.”
What is amazing is that while the donor’s blood group is A+, the recipient’s is O+.
Doctors say that it’ll take a year for the patient to fully recuperate.

First Published: Wednesday, July 29, 2009 - 16:27
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