Stem cell transplant for Leicestershire twins with Krabbe Disease

ADDED 2019


Twin boys from Leicestershire are to thought to be the first children in England to receive a stem cell transplant for an incurable disease.

Seven-year-olds Luis and Kian King have the rare Juvenile-onset Krabbe Disease, which causes loss of motor skills and severely shortens life expectancy.

A database of 25m potential donors eventually found a stem cell match which may delay or stop the disease.

They will receive the transplant at Birmingham Children’s Hospital in May.

The Sileby twins were diagnosed with the life-threatening condition in October and a search began for a matching stem cell donor before their conditions deteriorated too much for the procedure to go ahead.

The boys will undergo an intense course of chemotherapy before the transplant. The stem cells may delay or even halt the onset of the disease but Ms Otter admitted international results were varied and “no-one quite knows what will happen”. But without any treatment they would have just three to five years quality life left, doctors said.

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Chief Executive Officer | Biovault Family

Biovault Family CEO, Kate Sneddon, joined Biovault in July 2009 and became Chief Executive Officer in 2016. As health industry professional her experience includes working as a microbiologist and leader at GSK for over 10 years. Her expertise in cord blood banking has been recognised in her awards, features in Parliamentary Review and Parents Guide to Cord Blood, as well as contributions to research with UCL and others.

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