“Thanks to BMT Jazmin can live her life away from the shadow of Acute Mylogenous Leukemia”
This is Jazmin with Dr. Roberto Ovilla, ten years after an umbilical cord blood transplant cured her Acute Myeloid Leukemia.
Acute Myeloid Leukemia is a cancer of the white blood cells and eventually causes the body’s functions to fail, destroying the body’s natural immunity and blood production. Children with AML suffer from fatigue, infections, anemia, loss of appetite and cannot survive without the disease being treated.
Although AML outcomes are better for children than adults, Bone Marrow Transplant maximizes the outcome and reduces the chances of relapse. Umbilical cord blood is used when there are no suitable stem cell donor matches available. They are also used to minimize the risk of the transplant being rejected.