In 2010, for the first time, stem cells were from the family cord blood bank Krio Institute, a FamiCord Group member owned by the Polish Stem Cell Bank, were released for transplantation.
A girl, just under 2 years of age, had the stem cells taken from her younger brother’s cord blood transplanted. Two months after the surgery, the doctors are full of optimism and faith in the girl's recovery.
In December 2009, the girl was diagnosed leukaemia. During the following six months, treatment was interrupted several times due to serious infections and consequently, did not deliver the expected results. Only the collection of umbilical cord blood at the birth of her brother gave hope for recovery. The blood was processed and frozen at minus 190 degrees Celsius in the oldest and largest Hungarian blood bank - Krio Institute, a member of the FamiCord Group, created by the Polish Stem Cell Bank. The stem cells proved to be suitable for the regeneration of a bone marrow. The transplantation was held on 29 September, 2010 in Miskolc in the Department of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology and Bone Marrow Transplantation. The operation was performed after the complete destruction of the diseased bone marrow. The transplanted stem cells produced healthy cells and gave hope for the restoration of the hematopoietic system and immune system. The first healthy cells were observed in the girl’s blood two weeks after surgery. Doctors claim that their presence is proof of the girl's recovery.
The two-month period following the operation gives hope to a full and long-lasting recovery.
In Hungary, various types of leukaemia are treated with stem cells. So far, there have been many successful transplantations but, for the first time, stem cells banked with the Hungarian family cord blood bank – Krio Institute have been used.