Doctors at the Sir Ganga Ram Hospital in New Delhi are currently testing the applicable uses of cord blood stem cells in the treatment of children with cerebral palsy. On January 11, researchers in the hospital’s hematology and oncology department infused a young boy with his stem cells from his own cord blood sample, stored at birth by his parents.
“It is being completely done on compassionate grounds,” says Anupam Sachdev. This marks the first time that the hospital will be using cord blood in the treatment of cerebral palsy, but it is not part of a clinical trial. Researchers at Sir Ganga Ram are hopeful that they can help improve the child’s quality of life, after hearing of marked improvement in trials conducted by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg at Duke University.
Before deciding to use the child’s own cord blood as treatment for his cerebral palsy, researchers at the hospital spent six months evaluated him and his condition. They have only just decided to move forward with the procedure, which took place just last week. It is now too early to tell if the procedure was successful but the doctors and researchers are hopefully that they will see improvement.