8-month-old Mujib along with his family and the doctors at Jaypee Hospital
- A rare bone marrow transplant was recently performed on a eight-month-old Afghan boy by doctors at Jaypee Hospital, Noida.
- The baby, Mujib, suffered from combined immunodeficiency.
- It is a genetic disease in which there is an absence of a functioning immune system that increases the susceptibility of the patient to fatal infections.
- When Mujib was brought to the hospital, he was suffering from high fever, pneumonia and diarrhoea.
- Earlier, Mujib's two brothers have died of the same genetic condition.
- According to Dr. Pawan Kumar Singh, associate consultant of Hemato - Oncology and Bone Marrow Transplant Department in the hospital, a bone marrow transplant was rare in this case and only a few successful haploidentical transplantations have been done in the world.
- Mujib had one 4-year-old elder brother Arian who did not have the disease and could serve as a donor.
- But human leukocyte antigen suggested only a 50% match for Mujib. Doctors took the risk and performed the bone marrow transplant.
- After 10 days of chemotherapy conditioning and serum, Arian's bone marrow was transplanted to Mujib.
- It took 20 days for Arian's bone marrow to start functioning in Mujib's body. Both the brothers hope to live a healthy life now.
Source: Jaypee Hospital, Media Update