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What happens when someone needs a bone marrow transplant but does not have a matching donor?

Written by Abhik Moitra

• President - HBG Medical Assistance
•General Secretary – Foundation of Healthcare and Wellness Promotion (FHWP)
•Diploma in Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences (DNYS)
•PGDBM – Symbiosis
•Master’s in Business Development – University of Rajasthan

What Happens if someone needs a bone marrow transplant but does not have a matching donor?

Not all is lost. In the days of technology and connectivity, if a patient needing a bone marrow transplant does not have a matching donor sibling we do have options of treatment.

The 1st option is to have an un-related but fully matched bone marrow donation. In this, the patient’s high-resolution HLA is sent to Bone Marrow Banks situated in various parts of the world. Hopefully and in most of the cases, we do get a matching donor. Once we get it, Bone Marrow from the donor is then shipped to the hospital and we go ahead with a fully matched Bone Marrow Transplant.

Now, the flip side is, it is a slightly expensive procedure. So for those who cannot afford the expensive procedure, we have an option of Half Matched Bone Marrow donation.

In Half Matched Bone Marrow Transplant or Haplo Transplant, as it is known, we take donations from Biological parents; mother or father, half-matched siblings or daughter, son, etc. Having said so, the success rates drop down by a few percentages. Also the chances of GVHD which is Graft Versus Host disease also rise. These conditions are then managed medically by an expert hematologist.

We at HBG Medical Assistance have been doing Bone Marrow Transplants with some of our experts with very high success rates. We have helped patients from Kenya, Nigeria, Uganda, Ethiopia, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Oman, and Iraq to come over to India and avail of our world-class facilities for Bone Marrow Transplants. We have facilities to do Autologous, Allogenic, Haplo and full matched unrelated donors.

The patients have been coming for Leukemia, Aplastic Anemia, Neuroblastomas, Myelomas, Immune deficiencies, Hodgkin’s disease and other medical issues including multiple sclerosis.

If you know of someone who may need our services, you may request them to look for us on the internet – HBG Medical Assistance!

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