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A 7-MONTH-OLD boy received an umbilical cord blood transplant for a rare genetic deficiency at a Shanghai hospital yesterday.

Doctors said it was the first case in China to be treated this way.

They said the boy suffered from leukocyte adhesion deficiency, a rare disorder which leads to low immunity and recurrent infections.

He was transferred to the Children’s Hospital of Fudan University from Wuhan in central China’s Hubei Province after treatment at a hospital there had failed.

His sister is said to have died at 5 months old because of cellulitis and severe infections.

A cord blood transplant was the best solution for the boy’s disorder, said Qian Xiaowen, director of the hospital’s hematological department.

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