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Blood Bank Adopts 200 Thalassaemia Kids

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Times of India
13 December 2010
Ahmedabad, India
By Brendan Dabhi

More than 200 children suffering from thalassaemia have been adopted by the Prathama Blood Centre, which also provides free blood to thalassaemia patients.

Under its ‘Thalassaemia Adoption Programme’, Prathama adopted the children who require regular blood transfusion. These children are given blood from pre–decided donors who diligently donate blood for them.

“If 10–12 persons donate blood to a particular child, the chances of complications are reduced,’ said Dr Kishor Maheshwari. Apart from blood transfusion, the only cure for thalassaemia is bone marrow transplant, costing Rs 20-25 lakh with success rate of 55%.

This non–profit organisation, which has about 2–3 lakh regular donors, provides blood to roughly 1,500 hospitals in and around Ahmedabad. Speaking about awareness, Maulik Shah said, “Thalassaemia test should be conducted during pregnancy tests, it’s deplorable that the government does not make it compulsory. It would really help in checking the spread of this disease.”

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