1. Chinese donor’s stem cells transplanted into Indian teen in Delhi

Chinese donor’s stem cells transplanted into Indian teen in Delhi

The stem cells donated by a Chinese man have been transplanted into a 16-year-old Indian boy suffering from blood cancer, in what could be the first of its kind case involving a patient from India and a donor from China.

By: | Published: July 13, 2015 12:47 PM

The stem cells donated by a Chinese man have been transplanted into a 16-year-old Indian boy suffering from blood cancer, in what could be the first of its kind case involving a patient from India and a donor from China.

The transplant took place on Saturday in Delhi, shortly after the stem cells arrived in India from China.

Vimarsh Raina, a medical expert in New Delhi who helped with the operation, said the Indian teenager is in stable condition,u00a0state-run China Radio International (CRI) reported.

The donor, 37-year-old volunteer of China Marrow Donor Programme (CMDP), said he never expected to save a foreigner when he joined it in 2012.

“It’s unexpected to have my bone marrow samples matched with a foreign person. It’s a gift for my life. As the father of a 12-year-old child, I understand the feelings of the Indian boy’s parents. I just wanted to help,” the donor said.

The chance of two non-relatives having stem cells matched can be less than one in tens of thousands, the report said.

Dr Raina told PTI in India the stem cell database is poorly maintained so we had to look for a foreign donor.

Then we checked China’s database and found a match.

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    KSRao
    Jul 14, 2015 at 3:11 am
    Now there is need to develop technology to preserve the stem cells for longer duration so that people can donate whenever they are comfortable and these can be transported quickly once a match-up takes place. Anyway, it is gratifying to note that a Chinese donor's stem cells matched that of an Indian boy; will it the beginning of Kotnis' kind of relationship between China and India?
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      Sadasivan
      Jul 14, 2015 at 8:08 am
      A tribute to CMDP and the gentleman from China,who has saved this boy's life.
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