The second autologous umbilical cord transplant worldwide has been carried out successfully in Tehran, Iran.
A six-year-old boy suffering from aplastic anaemia received his cord blood stem cells. He was diagnosed with aplastic anaemia, a bone marrow failure disease where the bone marrow does not produce adequate numbers of red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets.
After a failed search for a matched donor, they found that his umbilical cord blood had been stored in a private bank at birth. Since they were his own cells, there was no chance of rejection. The oncologists believe the likelihood of success was very low, but six months later, the cell counts have returned to normal, and he is doing well.