Indore: In a first of its kind procedure, haplo-identical (half matched) bone marrow transplant, doctors of CHL Hospital gave a new lease of life to a four-year-old boy who was suffering from acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. The patient has been discharged healthily from the hospital on Monday.
Amol was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, an year ago and was given successive rounds of chemotherapy but had an early relapse of his cancer in October 2016. The patient approached the senior consultant and haematologist Dr Vinay Bohara in October and it took more than four years to prepare the patient for the procedure. “It was obvious from the beginning that he needs bone marrow transplant. After four months of sustained treatment, I could achieve control over cancer and the patient was ready for bone marrow transplant,” Dr Bohara said. Unfortunately, the patient didn’t get any 100 per cent matched donor.
“In such cases, we opted for a new method of bone marrow transplant called as haplo-identical (50 per cent match) transplant. The procedure had high rates of transplant failure but we managed to perform it for the first time in the state,” Dr Bohara added. Amol was finally transplanted on March 23 as his father donated half matched stem cells. “Now, the patient is healthy and he needs further follow up of 3 months during which he would be carefully monitored for complications of bone marrow transplant,” the haematologist added.