Cord Blood Banking
Boy with Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Saved by Sibling’s Cord Blood
This is a real story from Malaysia.
In August 2016, 10-year-old Lucas^, the eldest among his three other siblings, suddenly fell into a state where he constantly felt lethargic and had poor appetite for no apparent reason. He also experienced significant weight loss, with bouts of fever and vomiting over the next three consecutive weeks. Lucas’s persistent condition was alarming and he was advised by his family physician to go to a hospital for treatment.
Lucas’s condition did not improve even after seeking treatment at different hospitals. Finally after enduring numerous blood draws for a myriad of blood tests at the hospitals, Lucas was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia. “When we found out Lucas has chronic myeloid leukemia, we were crushed,” said Lucas’s father.
Fortunately, Lucas’s brother’s cord blood stem cells stored with Stemlife Berhad Malaysia were a perfect match. Lucas had a successful transplant.
^name has been changed to protect the privacy of the child