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Thanks to a 55-year-old German national, a 16-year-old Kerala girl suffering from an advanced stage of leukaemia or bone marrow cancer has got a new lease of life after she was transfused healthy stem cells donated by him.

She surely is lucky. Even though doctors treating her could not find matching stem cells among more than 70,000 donors registered in India, they finally could locate with the help of an international agency the only one donor whose stem cells matched perfectly with those of the girl patient.

“This is perhaps one of the rarest transnational stem cell donation cases in the country. As there was no matching stem cells from among more than 70,000 listed in a registry in India, we sought help from German-based international registry DKMS,” Neeraj Sidharthan, head of stem cell transplant unit at Amrita Institute of Medical Sciences and Research Centre here, told Media.

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