Second autologous transplant for aplastic anemia successful
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 own 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 that was no chance of rejection. The oncologists believe the likelihood of success was very low but 6 months later this cell counts have returned to normal and he is doing well.Read more