Cord Blood Center, the first stem cell bank in Romania, announces the release and first use of a placental blood transplant for a Romanian patient suffering from cerebral palsy. After a prior evaluation, specialists at Duke University Hospital accepted the use of the graft. Thus, Alex, three years old, will be leaving for the United States at the beginning of February, where he will be given his own placental blood transplant processed and stored by the specialists of Cord Blood Center in the laboratory in Bucharest.
"Cord Blood Center not only stores placental blood and related stem cells, but aims to help clients, if need be, for a transplant. Alex's case also suffers from a condition that can be treated with his own stem cells. "The therapy the child will benefit from is still experimental, but has proven useful in different cases treated at Duke University Hospital," said Cord Cord Center General Manager Dr. Tudor Panu.
In 2010 Cord Blood Center initiated the program "Support for transplantation", which is with all its clients, offering them in case of need financial support of up to 185,000 euros for a transplant abroad.
"Similarly, in Alex's case, Cord Blood Center not only facilitates access to treatment, but will also support all expenses related to travel and therapy to be performed soon in the United States, in one of the top 10 elite medical institutions. from the US, "added Dr. Tudor Panu.
Alex was born healthy, but at the age of 11 months, he had an accident that changed the life of the whole family. He drowned during a meal and suffered a respiratory arrest. The minutes that elapsed until the cardiorespiratory resuscitation resulted in severe neurological injury, with subsequent diagnosis of cerebral palsy. There was a struggle with life, many months spent in different hospitals in Europe and a long series of therapies for the little boy who, after the accident, was immobilized and lost the ability to swallow food alone. For more than two years, the family has been trying hard to help him maintain good physical condition and make progress. The child's daily program includes sessions of kinetotherapy, swallowing, massage, acupuncture, osteopathy, hydrotherapy and hypotherapy. Periodically, the family goes to Ukraine where they attend a 2-week intensive recovery session.
"By accepting and administering the graft in Alex's case, we receive a new confirmation of the quality of the graft processed by experts in the CB Grup laboratories. We hope that after this transplant, certain brain cells will be stimulated to activate and Alex's learning capacity. to grow, "said Dr. Tudor Panu
Alex's parents chose to store placental blood stem cells at Alex's birth after careful documentation and after they were convinced that innovations are taking place in stem cell therapies.
"As a parent, you can never say that you have done too much and ... you can never stop," confesses Alex's father, George.
Did you know that:
• In Romania, less than 10% of the newborns benefit from stem cell harvesting.
• In the last 12 years, the number of transplants using umbilical blood grafts has increased 10 times.
• Over 25,000 umbilical blood grafts were used worldwide, until 2012, to treat various conditions.
• 1/200 are the chances that a person will need a transplant with his own graft or a related transplant, during a life of 70 years.