Cuttack: The clinical haematology department of SCB medical college and hospital achieved a significant milestone by successfully conducting Odisha’s inaugural haplo allogenic bone marrow transplant (BMT) procedure on Tuesday.
The 29 year old man from Kantabani village in Khordha under Baghamari police jurisdiction received the transplant from his 15-year-old younger brother. Both the patient and the stem cell donor are reported to be in stable health..
The patient had been diagnosed with blood cancer in 2016, and although he experienced a recovery in 2019, the disease resurfaced later. This time, the medical team opted for a bone marrow transplant using a compatible donor.
Traditional, allogenic BMT typically requires a close to 100% match with siblings as the primary donors, posing challenges in finding suitable donors promptly. However, recent advancements have introduced haplo BMT as a promising alternative.
Haplo-BMT allows transplantation from half-matched donors, expanding the pool of potential donors to include parents, children, and other close relatives such as uncles, cousins, and aunts. This innovative approach increases the chances of finding a suitable donor within the patient’s family, thereby improving the accessibility of life-saving procedures like bone marrow transplantation.