Hyper IgE Syndrome umbilical blood surgery
A 9-year-old girl named Lele (pseudonym) was given a second chance at life after successfully receiving an umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation in Shanghai, thanks to joint efforts of both the China Stem Cell Group and Children’s Hospital of Fudan University, Xinmin Evening News reported Monday.
Hyper IgE Syndrome is a very rare congenital immunodeficiency disease. So far, there have been around 200 cases in the world. Lele had rashes on her face six months after birth; respiratory tract infections and otitis media occurred at 3 years old. At the age of eight, she suffered from recurrent pulmonary infections.
After a multidisciplinary diagnosis, planning a transplant operation and finding a matching umbilical cord blood stem cell, Lele was able to undergo the surgery and will hopefully recover.
Professor Zhai Xiaowen said that umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation is the most effective way of treating blood and immune system diseases, and asked that people store or donate umbilical cord blood.