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26-Year Old Is One Of First Adults In Canada To Be Cured Of Sickle Cell Anemia Through Stem Cell Transplant

   

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Diagnosed with the disease as a toddler, Revée Agyepong was always down with chronic bone and joint pain, irregular heartbeat, kidney stones and shortness of breath. Today, 26-year old Revée is among the first adults in Canada to be cured of sickle cell anemia with the help of a stem cell transplant.

Two years ago, the Alberta Children’s Hospital in Canada announced that they have been successful in treating sickle cell disease in young patients using stem cell transplants. On hearing the news, Revée, whose health was declining, decided to leverage on the opportunity but doctors told her she was too old to undergo the procedure.

According to Alberta Health Services, the older the patient and donor in bone marrow transplants, the greater the risk of graft versus host disease, which is a type of immune rejection that can have serious health repercussions and can even result in death.

But Revée’s older sister, Stephanie started to research other centers testing the treatment on adult patients, before approaching Revée’s doctors to share with them the stem cell transplant procedure.

Coincidentally, Revée’s doctor had been thinking about conducting adult stem cell transplants for sickle cell disease. They tested Stephanie and found out that she was a perfect match for her sister. Stephanie’s stem cells were then collected and given to Revée.

Today, Revée’s blood tests does not show any signs of sickle cell disease, which means she is totally cured.

Read more on CBC News

 

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10 Comments

10 Comments

  1. Zipporah Maishanu Aluke

    Zipporah Maishanu Aluke

    December 12, 2018 at 9:34 am

    Istifanus David Aluke Gismas MasPee

  2. Marian Ahamefule

    Marian Ahamefule

    December 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

    This is really good. I’m happy for her

  3. Uchenna Njoku

    Uchenna Njoku

    December 12, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Ocheja Okala

  4. Aramide Ojutiku

    Aramide Ojutiku

    December 12, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    Good news.

  5. Daisi Moses

    Daisi Moses

    December 12, 2018 at 3:05 pm

    Praise God

  6. Jackson Christianah

    Jackson Christianah

    December 12, 2018 at 6:13 pm

    Mbok let this good work reach this side

  7. Bunmi George

    Bunmi George

    December 12, 2018 at 7:13 pm

    Family is love

  8. Joy Akano

    Joy Akano

    December 13, 2018 at 8:50 am

    Wow good news

  9. Abigail Kennedy

    Abigail Kennedy

    December 13, 2018 at 10:02 am

    Ifunanya Nzelu

    • Ifunanya Nzelu

      Ifunanya Nzelu

      December 13, 2018 at 10:53 am

      Abigail Kennedy as in stem cell therapy 🙌🙌

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