Gretta Kieran Cullen, a eight-month old baby from Termonfeckin, Co Louth, is the first ever Irish child who will receive the wonder stem cell treatment from China to fight back a rare disorder which usually effect the optic nerve.

The child is suffering from a rare condition, known as septo-optic dysplasia (SOD), this dreaded condition was diagonised at Lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda last August, when she was only three days old.

Septo-optic dysplasia (SOD) is a rare, congenital disorder. It is a combination of optic nerve underdevelopment (hypoplasia) with abnormalities of a part of the brain. The condition can cause blindness, hormone deficiencies and low muscle tone.

Gretta will fly with her parents to Beijing on Tuesday to receive a course of eight stem-cell injections. The procedure will take only two days of time. The stem cells will be administered through an intravenous connected to the baby’s spine, or directly into the brain via a lumbar injection.

Chinese stem-cell storage and processing company Beike Biotechnology which already has completed 24 successful stem-cell operations,  will provide the stem cells which will be administered to Gretta in a specialist medical facility at Qingdao, 550km southeast of Beijing.

Dakota Clarke from Belfast(born with SOD), had the same therapy from Beike last year. Its being a success story for Dakota the wonder treatment enable the child to see for the first time. Gretta’s parents have met and discuss the whole procedure with Dakota’s parents, its boosts their hope enormously.

Source: Irish Times