Case Study: Masha Atola, a 9-year-old girl from Kenya, suffered from Sickle Cell Anaemia all her life comes to Medanta The Medicity, Gurgaon, India
Treating Sickle Cell Anaemia at Medanta
Masha Atola, a 9-year-old girl from Kenya, suffered from Sickle Cell Anaemia all her life. As a result, her daily life has been fraught with numerous challenges. The ailment caused her to develop acute chest syndrome and has kept her out of school for close to two years.
In 2015, Masha’s family approached Medanta after the little girl suffered a severe stroke that left the right side of her body paralysed. Her treatment was handled by Dr. Satya Prakash Yadav, Director of Paediatric Haematology, at Medanta’s Cancer Institute.
Dr. Yadav immediately recommended a bone marrow transplant – a medical procedure that replaces the sick cells responsible for the production of sickle-shaped red blood cells with new healthy ones from a healthy and compatible donor marrow. Fortunately, finding such a donor was easy in Masha’s case as her brother was identified as a strong match through an HLA ( Human leukocyte antigen) typing test. HLA typing is a blood test that is used to match donors with compatible recipients.
The procedure to replace Masha’s bone marrow was a flying success thanks to Dr Yadav and his team at Medanta’s team of Paediatric care professionals who went the extra mile to ensure that Masha’s quality of life was significantly improved for the better as she walked out of the doors of Medanta with her family.
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