Mumbai gets its first stem cell transplantation in two city Hospitals. One is in the Sion Hospital and the other is in the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital.

Ahire was the first patient to get an infusion of stem cells - drawn from his own bone marrow - for spinal injuries in Sion Hospital. Now he can hobble across the road with his walker.

Sunderlal was paralysed completely. Finally, he found hope in the stem cell therapy and regained sensation in his lower limbs after the treatment. Also, the treatment that costs lakhs was done virtually free of cost. Like Sunderlal, there are 200 other patients waiting to undergo therapy the hospital. Hospitals like All India Institute for Medical Sciences, New Delhi, and PGI, Chandigarh, have already tried stem cell therapy for cardiac problems.

Ahire was the first patient to get an infusion of stem cells - drawn from his own bone marrow - for spinal injuries in Sion Hospital. On Tuesday, the team that treated Ahire and seven others thereafter became the first in the city’s public health network to boast of a stem cell center. As it is a public hospital, patients needing the therapy will get free treatment. At the same time , Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital inaugurated the state’s first Stem Cell Genetic Research Center on Tuesday.

The center is now equipped with both machinery and technical expertise to treat patients with spinal cord injury, brain injury and many other neurological disorders. Stem cell therapy is a promising treatment to cure diabetes, especially type I diabetes, by rejuvenating pancreatic insulin, and cardiac problems, parkinsons disease, eye injury, macular degeneration etc.

Sion Hospital on the other hand, will focus solely on spinal cord injuries. The procedure is long: stem cells are extracted from the patient’s marrow, analyzed and processed before being injected back into the site of the injury, the surroundings as well as the cerebrospinal fluid.

Dr Prerna Badhe, stem cell consultant at the Lokmanya Tilak Municipal General Hospital hospital said,

“Stem cell therapy is also known as replacement therapy or regenerative therapy. It multiplies, connects, releases neurotransmitters, acts as growth factors, revascularises and reduces scar formation. Also, it has no side effects. It does not require immunosuppressants which are painful.”

Source: Times of India and express india