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Baby girl gets new lease of life

An eight-month-old girl is expected to enjoy a healthy life  after receiving an umbilical cord blood transplant for a rare genetic disorder at a Shanghai hospital.

Tang Wanyu, a Zhejiang Province native, was diagnosed with GM2 gangliosidosis, a rare autosomal recessive inherited disease, which means both the girl’s parents have the gene without showing the symptoms.

“There is no medication that can cure the disease. Only stem cell transplant can work,” said Zhang Jiaqing from the Shanghai Cord Blood Bank yesterday.

A matching sample was found and a transplant was carried  out at Shanghai Daopei Hospital on October 19. Doctors said the transplanted stem cells have successfully grown inside Tang’s body. She has now been transferred to ordinary ward and will undergo further rehabilitation treatment.



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