15-year boy saves elder brother’s life donating bone marrow in SCB Hospital

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | January 11, 2024 IST

15-year boy saves elder brother’s life donating bone marrow in SCB Hospital

Cuttack, Jan 11: A 15-year old boy of Odisha’s Khordha district has saved his elder brother’s life who was living with blood cancer, donating his bone marrow.

The rarest form of blood-tissue transplant has been conducted in the Sriram Chandra Bhanja Medical College and Hospital (SCBMCH) in Cuttack successfully.

The rare surgery, medically termed as a haploidentical bone marrow transplant, has now given a new lease of life to the patient whereas the donor, who is a minor, is also well and healthy, said SCB Medical College and Hospital sources.

Subhrashu Sahu(29) who hails from the Kantabani village was diagnosed with blood cancer in 2016. Luckily he was recovered in 2019 after medical intervention. However, the disease relapsed later for which bone marrow transplant was the only solution to keep the patient alive. Thus, the doctors this time decided to transplant his bone marrow provided with a suitable donor. With having no suitable donor with a 100 percent clinically matched blood cells , Subhrnshu’s younger brother, whose samples of blood tissues matched at least 50 percent, was opted as the donor.

Ultimately, the surgery was performed on Subhrashu on January 1o, by a team of haematology and transplant department experts, and it came successful. 

According to the Superintendent of the SCB Hospital, both the receiver and the donor are doing well after the critical transplant- surgery. 

In fact haploidentical bone marrow transplant on a patient is one of the rarest surgeries in which a team of surgeons dare to transplant bone marrow of a patient with a donor having at best 50 percent match of blood sample. It is the first-ever surgery in Odisha, he added.

 

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