Published in Blood Weekly, September 6th, 2001
The boy needed new blood stem cells because he was born with thalassemia major, a genetic blood disease which results in chronic anemia. If left untreated, the disease usually kills children before they reach grade school.
His transplantation was the first in the world to use umbilical cord blood from an unrelated donor, doctors in Singapore said August 13, 2001. The disease is traditionally cured by a risky bone marrow transplant with a brother...
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