KARACHI: A two-year boy became the youngest bone marrow transplant patients at The Aga Khan University Hospital (AKUH) on Thursday.The boy, whose parents were expatriate Pakistani in Kuwait, was suffering from Thalassemia Major, a disease that previously required the affected patient to have a blood transfusion every month.
The family eventually came to Pakistan for this and were delighted that a matching donor was found in the person of his three-year old sister, said a press release issued by AKUH on Thursday.
Five to six per cent of the population is estimated to be carriers of the Thalassemia gene and around 5,000 babies born live in Pakistan carry the gene.
The only curative treatment for this disorder is Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT). The state-of-the-art BMT unit at AKUH was inaugurated in 2004.
The bone marrow transplant team has expressed its satisfaction with the young patient’s progress, clarifying that no significant complication has been seen at any time in the pre to post operative period, the press release said.
The recovery period following this ‘technically difficult procedure’ considered as sensitive, but the team referred to it in medical terms as ‘uneventful’.