The ‘sunshine’ that arrived on a mid-summer afternoon faded for parents Sarika and Amit (name changed) after a blood test done on their firstborn to study neo-natal jaundice, which showed a very low platelet count. A genetic test confirmed their son was born with Wiskott – Aldrich syndrome (WAS), a congenital disorder that occurs only in boys and is characterized by eczema, low platelet count and immune deficiency rendering a child prone to all kinds of opportunistic infections.

Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) has proved to be the new savior in such situations. A successful Haploidentical (Half-matched) Bone Marrow Transplant was performed by the doctors at Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) on the five-month-old child with the mother as donor.

FMRI has established itself amongst the top 10 centers across India where successful haploidentical BMTs are being performed.


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