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Girl cured of brain cancer using umbilical cord stem cells

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on March 11, 2011 at 2:07 pm

In the first transplant of umbilical cord stem cells in Spanish history, a four year old girl has been cured of a brain tumor…

Alba Martinez was born in the province of Cádiz in 2007 and despite her good health, her parents say they decided to provide her with “life insurance” by means of preserving her umbilical cord in cold storage, an option taken by only a handful of parents in Spain.

At 22 months, Martinez began to suffer from a brain tumor and needed several intensive rounds of chemotherapy, which destroyed her blood cells, requiring her to receive infusions of stem cells from her umbilical cord.  The availability of such a treatment in infants suffering from cancer is rare, due to the fact that in most cases the child suffers from leukemia, which originates in a genetic defect also found in the child’s stem cells.

Today, 16 months after her stem cells restored her blood system, Martinez remains cancer free. Doctors will be able to certify her as “cured” after living a total of five years without a relapse. Her parents say that the procedure is their “best investment” ever.  “Conserving the umbilical cord is betting on the future, a life insurance that you don’t know if you will need sometime, but that can save a life,” said Theresa Molina, the child’s mother…

Girl cured of brain cancer using umbilical cord stem cells | LifeSiteNews.com.

Taunton Elks Lodge the host of marrow drive to save a 5-year-old girl – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on March 11, 2011 at 1:11 am

For three hours on Thursday, the main room of the Elks Lodge 150 on High Street was the scene of an effort to help save the life of a 5-year-old girl.

Unless she receives a successful bone marrow transplant, doctors say Katelyn Bailey won’t survive.

 

Katelyn, who had been living at home in Middletown, R.I. with her parents Michelle and Larry, and her now 9-month-old sister Meghan, has recently undergone chemotherapy at Hasbro Children’s Hospital in Providence.

Her parents have taken temporary, partial leaves from their jobs to be by her bedside, and relatives are helping out by taking turns baby-sitting baby Meghan, said Taunton Police Patrolman Ernie Chretien.

Chretien, a first cousin of Meghan’s mom Michelle, organized and arranged the “Be The Match Registry” drive, in conjunction with Rhode Island Blood Center, to be held at the Elks Lodge.

To say Katelyn is facing an uphill battle is putting it lightly, Chretien said.

When she was 9 months old, she was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer known as AT/RT, or atypical teratoid rhabdoid tumor. She responded to chemo and radiation, and the cancer went into remission, he said.

But she also suffered side effects as a result. Chretien said her speech development was delayed and she relied on a feeding tube; it wasn’t until she was 4, he said, that she began eating solid food.

Chretien said the last time he saw Katelyn was Christmas week when he visited at her home.

“She seemed healthy and cheerful,” he said.

But by early February she was exhibiting flu-like symptoms and was taken to Hasbro, where she was diagnosed with an advanced form of leukemia…

Read more: Taunton Elks Lodge the host of marrow drive to save a 5-year-old girl – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette http://www.tauntongazette.com/archive/x13267752/Taunton-Elks-Lodge-the-host-of-marrow-drive-to-save-a-5-year-old-girl#ixzz1GGSxUGZR

Taunton Elks Lodge the host of marrow drive to save a 5-year-old girl – Taunton, MA – The Taunton Gazette.

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