First bone marrow transplant performed at Children's Hospital Lahore

Urooj Tarar 12:08 PM | 20 Sep, 2017
First bone marrow transplant performed at Children's Hospital Lahore
Lahore - The first two bone marrow transplantation procedures were carried out successfully on Tuesday, in Children’s Hospital, making it the first public sector hospital to carry out this procedure.

Dean Children’s Hospital, Prof. Masood Sadiq and Medical Director, Prof. Ahsan Waheed Rathore in a press conference at hospital told media about the successful transplantation of Bone Marrow in two children i.e. Bilal and Aashir of age two and four years, respectively. According to the hospital authorities, the donation was done by the patients' respective sisters and both donors and receivers are in stable condition.

In his talk to media, Prof. Ahsan waheed credited Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif for taking personal interest in the project and making it happen despite all the difficulties.

Dr. Tahir Shamsi, the pioneer of Bone Marrow Transplant in Pakistan and Project Director of BMT at Children’s Hospital, Lahore, said that the procedure was carried out after tissue matching of sibling. 200-250ml Bone marrow was obtained from donors after giving anesthesia and was infused into the recipient patients. The patients have been kept in an infection-free atmosphere for seven to eight weeks, he further added.

Dr. Tahir Shamsi, while commenting on the success rate of procedure, said that the success rate of the procedure is 70% around the world. According to Dr. Shamsi, 2,000 Bone Marrow Transplant procedures have been carried out in private sector; however, the introduction of BMT in public sector will revolutionize the health sector.

The struggle to bring BMT facility was started, 14 years ago by Ammara Farooq Malik, after she suffered because her daughter ‘Amal’ needed a bone marrow transplant. Mrs. Farooq after realizing the lacks of facilities for Thalassemia patients started ‘Seplaa Foundation’ to raise awareness and bring the facility to Pakistan’s public health sector.

The unpaid struggle of a mother is being paid off as hundreds of mothers are given hope that their children will have a shot at a fight against Thalassemia.


Urooj Tarar
Urooj Tarar

Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


KARACHI - Following are the foreign currency exchange rates for US Dollar, Saudi Riyal, UK Pound Sterling, U.A.E. Dirham, European Euro, and other foreign currencies in Pakistan open market on February 03, 2023 (Friday).

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 272.25 273.25
Euro EUR 297.32 297.65
UK Pound Sterling GBP 333.31 333.61
U.A.E Dirham AED 73.03 73.33
Saudi Riyal SAR 71.49 71.80
Australian Dollar AUD 188.9 191.3
Bahrain Dinar BHD 712.73 720.73
Canadian Dollar CAD 200.95 203.15
China Yuan CNY 39.67 40.07
Danish Krone DKK 39.11 39.51
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 34.19 34.54
Indian Rupee INR 3.28 3.39
Japanese Yen JPY 2.5 2.54
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 877.76 886.76
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 62.83 63.43
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.25 175.25
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.76 27.09
Omani Riyal OMR 696.08 704.08
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 73.62 74.32
Singapore Dollar SGD 204 206
Swedish Korona SEK 25.61 25.91
Swiss Franc CHF 291.69 294.19
Thai Bhat THB 8.15 8.3

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs 212,900 on Friday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs182,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs167,318 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 195,157.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Karachi PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Islamabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Peshawar PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Quetta PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sialkot PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Attock PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujranwala PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Jehlum PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Multan PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Bahawalpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Gujrat PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nawabshah PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Chakwal PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Hyderabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Nowshehra PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Sargodha PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Faisalabad PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420
Mirpur PKR 212,900 PKR 2,420


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