Second autologous transplant for aplastic anaemia successful

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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.

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 Dr. Michelle Mason

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Clinical Manager | MBBCh (Wits). Michelle Mason graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand 1997 with a Bachelor in Medicine and Surgery (MBBCH Wits). After graduation, Michelle worked in the departments of Paediatrics, Cardio-thoracics, Respiratory and Intensive care. Her special interest in haematology lead to a year in the haematology department at the Johannesburg General hospital. Michelle enjoyed a career as a general practitioner for 12 years but her interest in haematology led her to Next Biosciences where she is responsible for the umbilical cord blood and tissue service. Michelle also volunteers at Strathyre Girls Home (Salvation Army Children’s Home). She runs a free clinic for 45 girls aged 3-18 and the staff members at the home. She is also Chairperson of their Advisory Board and is involved in various fundraising and upliftment projects at the home as well as a Tertiary Education Fund at the Salvation Army.

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