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HOPE FOR SICKLERS? University of Benin Teaching Hospital Doctors Change 15yrs Old Boy’s Genotype From SS To AA

November 13, 2013

This is so awesome. University of Benin Teaching Hospital(UBTH) on Friday said it had conducted the second successful stem cell transplant for a 15- year-old sickle cell patient in Benin.

Dr Nosakhare Bazuaye, consultant Haematologist and Coordinator of UBTH stem cell transplant centre, who spoke on behalf of the Chief Medical Director of the hospital, Prof. Michael Ibadin, said that the operation was successful
and that the patient’s genotype had changed from SS to AA.

“We have done a second successful transplant for a 15-year-old boy whose transplant took place 102 days ago. The first patient that was transplanted is two years post transplant now, his haemoglobin is AA and he is perfectly okay.

“By WHO regulations, patients are certified fit after 100 days of transplant, so the current patient is over a hundred days and his genotype
is AA and has not had any crises since then. So with this, we are now discharging him to go home”, the consultant said.

“In 2011, we announced our first transplant for a patient that had sickle cell disease.

Dr Bazuaye said that the second transplant had to be conducted after two years due to inadequate facilities and financial constraints of the patients.
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Source: Flamezblog

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