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Second bone marrow transplantation done successfully

Update : 26 Apr 2014, 08:28 AM

The BMT unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital-2 has transplanted bone marrow successfully for the second time on Saturday.

Professor Dr MA Khan, head of hematology department and programme director of the BMT unit, has confirmed about the bone transplantation to the Dhaka Tribune.

A team of BMT experts, comprised of trained Bangladeshi doctors, nurses and technologists led by Professor Dr MA Khan has implanted stem cells into the body of Alamgir Hossain, 51, a retired army sergeant from 10:15am to 11:45am.

He is suffering from a form of blood cancer known as multiple myeloma.

Inspired by the country’s first-ever Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) on a 52-year-old cancer patient on March 10, the doctors at the BMT unit of Dhaka Medical College Hospital-2 has done the second operation successfully.

It is understood that the first BMT operation saw participation of a pool of national and international experts however this time, the local experts (only two nurses from Massachusetts General Hospital of US) performed the operation.

MA Khan told the Dhaka Tribune on Thursday morning that if the patient’s physical condition remained well, they would go for the second operation.

BMT experts told the Dhaka Tribune the transplant was a five-step process, namely physical examination (to assess the patient’s general health condition), harvesting (the process of obtaining stem cells), conditioning (preparing the patient’s body for the operation), transplanting the stem cells and recovery (during which the patient is monitored for any complications or side effects).

MA Khan said Alamgir was given chemotherapy on Wednesday and Thursday to prepare him for the operation, adding that stem cells were collected from him a few days back.

Dr Khan said they actually collected Alamgir’s stem cells in October last year to perform the first BMT operation on him.

The plan, however, was cancelled because he was not physically fit at the time.

Alamgir, who hails from Kahalpur village in Bagerhat, was diagnosed with blood cancer in December 2009 and had been receiving treatment at Combined Military Hospital in the capital.

Meanwhile, Omar Ali, the first patient to successfully undergo BMT operation in the country, has recently left the hospital.

The 52-year-old, a senior officer at Agrani Bank, has returned to his village home in Rangpur.

“His physical condition is now fine. The number of white blood cells and platelets are coming to the normal figure and he is regaining his weight. Hopefully, he would join work within 2-3 months,” Professor Khan said.

Omar’s wife Amena Begum also echoed the same view and told the Dhaka Tribune that her husband’s condition was good.

Dr Khan said they were planning for press coverage of Omar soon. “It might be on April 29, however the date has not been fixed yet.”

On October 20 last year, former health minister Dr AFM Ruhal Haque inaugurated the five-bed BMT unit and a high-tech BMT laboratory at DMCH at a cost of Tk200 crore.

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