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Shanghai baby's donation saves Jiangsu boy

A ONE-YEAR-OLD Shanghai girl has given new hope to a seriously ill boy in the city's neighboring Jiangsu Province.

Thirty milliliters of umbilical-cord blood taken from the girl after her birth was given to the boy 400 kilometers away at 11:10am today after a national plea for donors, today's Xinmin Evening News reported.

The blood is used to treat children with leukemia and other congenital problems such as immune deficiency and chromosomal disorders.

The Shanghai Umbilical Cord Blood Bank received a plea from Dr Ding of Huai'an City People's Hospital last month to treat the blood disease of six-year-old boy Zhou Yinbao.

Dr Ding found two samples of the blood in the Shanghai bank that matched the boy's. He said the boy could develop leukemia and die in three months if he didn't get the treatment.

The Shanghai bank contacted the parents of one of the matches, a one-year-old girl, who saved her cord blood after her birth.

The parents agreed to donate the cord blood.

The transplant was arranged for this morning and the boy is still under observation.

"One risk lies in whether the cord blood would survive after the transplant," said Professor Wang Yaoping from Shanghai Children's Medical Center who carried out the surgery.

Whether the boy's body rejects the donor's cord blood is the other major risk, he added.

"The transplant cannot be announced a success until the boy appears healthy two months after the operation," he added.


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