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Five-year-old receives cord blood transplant

A 5-YEAR-OLD boy with a serious blood disease is expected to receive an umbilical cord blood transplant tomorrow, setting a record of 200 cord blood transplants -- an increase of 47 percent -- in the city this year.

The patient, surnamed Zhang, from Jiangxi Province, had a fever of unknown origin in early September.

After a 10-day treatment with antibiotics was ineffective, the local hospital found he had acute and severe aplastic anemia. Aplastic anemia is a disorder in which the body's bone marrow doesn't make enough new blood cells.

The boy was transferred to Shanghai Children's Medical Center on October 11 for treatment. Doctors helped him find a matched donor from the China Bone Marrow Bank.

"However, the donor refused to get an additional health check, which is a must for a transplant," said Zhang Jiaqin, an official at Shanghai Cord Blood Bank.
He said a donor's privacy is protected. The boy was transferred to Shanghai No. 1 People's Hospital for treatment in November.

Failing to find a matched donor from the bone marrow bank, the patient's family turned to Shanghai Cord Blood Bank and found a matched sample in mid-December.


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