In a major breakthrough in the cancer treatment, Spanish baby’s cord blood stem cell saved the Scot boy, Jordan suffering from leukaemia. Stem cell was his only ray of hope as all other measures failed in him. Jordan’s doctors at Yorkhill Hospital in Glasgow searched the world for a suitable donor and found a match 1000 miles away in Barcelona. They transplanted the stem cells, taken from a new baby’s umbilical cord, into three-year-old Jordan’s body. And little Jordan was ready to go home within a month of successful treatment.
The boy was diagnosed with acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, when he was 10 week old, and the medics gave him just a 10 per cent chance of life. Jordan was transferred to Yorkhill, where he spent the next year of his life. Seeing her son in a cancer unit was a hammer blow for Claire, from Wishaw. Jordan went through months of gruelling chemotherapy then had a bone marrow transplant in April 2006. But just weeks later, his doctor, Brenda Gibson, had to tell Claire and Garry that his cancer had returned.
Only when the doctors found the Spanish donor on an international stem cell register, they began to see a ray of hope for him. A courier delivered the frozen cells to Glasgow and Jordan had his transplant in October last year. Nearly nine months on, Jordan looks like any other healthy toddler as he runs around the house playing with a drum.
His mother Claire now wants the NHS to give all new parents the chance to freeze their children’s cord blood. She asked:
“Why can’t other babies have the same chance as Jordan?”
And now Jordan who was once a leukaemia patient goes to the nursery regularly.
Source: Daily Records