First Allogeneic Stem Cell Transplant Conducted At SKIMS

Srinagar: The Department of Clinical Haematology at SKIMS Soura has for the first time in Jammu & Kashmir performed a matched sibling Allogenic Stem Cell/Bone Marrow Transplant for a patient suffering from Severe Aplastic Anemia.

An official statement said that this procedure is a highly advanced treatment and is done at only two other Government Hospitals in the whole of Northern India (AIIMS New-Delhi & PGIMER, Chandigarh).

Dr Javid Rasool, Professor and HOD Clinical Haematology said that “prior to this, our patients had to go outside J&K for the procedure of transplant which would cost them Rs. 20 Lacs to Rs 50 Lacs depending on the centre.”

“The success of Stem Cell /Bone Marrow Transplant at our Institute will provide new hope to the poor patients of Blood Cancer and other haematological disorders,” he said.

A sixteen-year-old boy from Ladakh (12th class student) came to the Department of Clinical Haematology at SKIMS and was diagnosed as severe Aplastic Anemia.

As his marrow stem cells were affected, the only curative treatment option for him was Stem Cell Transplantation.

“Fortunately, his sister’s bone marrow stem cells were found to be matching. So, the patient was taken for Allogenic matched sibling transplant. Presently, the patient is doing well and has been discharged in stable condition. This will open doors for the poor patients with Blood Cancer and other haematological disorders including immunodeficiency disorders,” he added.

The Director SKIMS & EOSG Dr A G Ahangar complimented the whole Department of Clinical Haematology including faculty members: Dr Sajad Geelani Addl. Prof, Dr Reashma Roshan Asstt Prof, Dr Afaq Ahmad Khan Asstt Professor and Senior Residents (both Clinical and Lab side), Resident staff as well as Paramedical Staff of Ward 5P, technical staff (lab. side) and office staff of the Clinical Haematology Department.

The Department of Clinical Haematology appreciated the Department of Blood Transfusion and  Immunohaematology for their support.

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