A stem cell donation drive is being held in Pune in order to help a three-year-old suffering from Leukemia. This registration drive also intends to create a registry of all willing stem cell donors for future use.
Rotary club of Pune in association with Datri Stem Cell registry will be organising ‘a stem cell donor’s registration drive’ on June 11 for Ishu. Ishu, who hails from Mumbai, is undergoing critical treatment on leukemia which suppresses the production of normal blood cells. He is undergoing a treatment in Mumbai and can be treated by using stem cell technology.
With the progress of medical science, people suffering from life-threatening diseases can now be cured through a bone marrow or a Peripheral Blood Stem Cell (PBSC) transplant. And for a successful transplant, the patients’ genetic typing needs to closely match with that of the donor.
The probability of finding a match within family is 25 per cent for each person. But, the rest of the patients don’t find a suitable donor within the family. In such cases, there is a need to find an unrelated donor or a cord blood unit. If your Human leukocyte antigen (HLA) type matches with any patient looking for a match, you will be called upon to donate your blood stem cells to save the patient.
A patient is more likely to find a possible match within his/her race/ethnicity, which is with people sharing the same cultural linguistic, biological traits and so on. Ishu belongs to Gaud Sarasawat Brahman (GSB) and so the special appeal is made to GSB community to come and register on Sunday.
Deepti Poojari, President of Paud Road, Kothrud Rotary club, said, “In the last week also, we had organized such drive. We expect that at least 60 people would come and register themselves. Ishu’s parents could not find a stem cell match within the family, and so now we need to find an unrelated donor. This is a step also to make people aware about stem cell donation.”
Apart from finding a donor for Ishu, the drive also will create a diverse database through which the search of a life-saving donor meets a match. There are over 18.5 million registered donors across the globe, with a very few Indians being a part of it. This reduces the chances of finding a possible match for a patient of Indian origin.
The drive will be organised on June 11 at Vedamrut Ayurvedic Clinic in Kothrud. Such drives are already being conducted in Mumbai and more such drives will be conducted in Mangalore as well as in Bangalore.