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.


Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 24 May 2024

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 24, 2024 (Friday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.15 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349.5 for buying, and 353 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.2 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.4.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 24 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 08:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 277.15 280.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349.5 353
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.85
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.4 74.15
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.75 748.75
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.47 38.87
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.68 36.03
Indian Rupee INR 3.35 3.46
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 907.57 916.57
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.39 59.99
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.03 172.03
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.64 731.64
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 26.02 26.32
Swiss Franc CHF 304.75 307.25
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82


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