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Abandoned boy to get stem cell treatment

A 4-YEAR-OLD boy who was abandoned in a public toilet in downtown a year ago, is to receive a stem cell transplant at a local children’s hospital to treat a blood condition.

The boy, who was taken in by Shanghai Children’s Home and named Han Renzhou, has a serious bone marrow disorder and needs blood transfusions every fortnight. Since his condition deteriorated recently, doctors said a stem cell transplant is vital.

The condition, known as myelofibrosis, usually affects people aged between 50 and 70 years.

When Han was found, he was sent to a nearby hospital and diagnosed with myelofibrosis and slight learning difficulties.

The Children’s Hospital of Fudan University offered him chemotherapy while looking for a donor match. A matching sample was found in the Shanghai Cord Blood Bank, which donated a sample.

“If the transplant is successful, the boy will totally recover from the blood disease,” said Zhang Jiaqing from the Shanghai Cord Blood Bank.



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