First bone marrow transplant performed at Children's Hospital Lahore

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.


Editor - Daily Pakistan Lifestyle.


PKR exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 21 Feb 2024

Pakistani currency remains stable against US dollar and other currencies in the open market on February 21, 2024 (Wednesday).

US Dollar rate in Pakistan

In the open market, the US dollar was being quoted at 279.6 for buying and 282.4 for selling.

Euro comes down to 300 for buying and 303 for selling while British Pound rate stands at 350.5 for buying, and 354 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED hovers at 76.15 whereas the Saudi Riyal saw slight increase, with new rates at 74.35.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 21 Feb 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 279.6 282.4
Euro EUR 300 303
UK Pound Sterling GBP 350.5 354
U.A.E Dirham AED 76.15 76.9
Saudi Riyal SAR 74.35 75.1
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 743.32 751.32
Canadian Dollar CAD 207 209
China Yuan CNY 38.89 39.29
Danish Krone DKK 40.38 40.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.74 36.09
Indian Rupee INR 3.37 3.48
Japanese Yen JPY 2.10 2.18
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.41 911.41
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.6 59.2
New Zealand Dollar NZD 171.68 173.68
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.43 26.73
Omani Riyal OMR 725.96 733.96
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.76 77.46
Singapore Dollar SGD 207 209
Swedish Korona SEK 26.53 26.83
Swiss Franc CHF 316.9 319.4
Thai Bhat THB 7.93 8.08


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