A wide appeal, propelled by life-threatening urgency is made to raise funds which should equal to 1 million pounds for a poor toddler who has not even completed two years in this world and is hit by leukaemia.
At Birmingham Children’s Hospital, doctors detected this disease in patient-kid Hallie when she was just 8 months old. But as the stem cell transplant could not work, doctors advise her family to rush to the USA for the treatment going to be more effective.
Hannah Dugdale, Hallie’s aunt feels distress, “It seems a very big mountain to climb.”.
When the family went on tour in Spain last year, the issue came to light and they quickly returned to their country for treatment.
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These are the testing times for this kid and her family as she suffers from a type of Leukaemia which is called JMML and this is pretty uncommon.
She has had numerous blood transfusions, chemotherapy sessions and a couple of stem cell transplants too.
Ms Dugdale felt heartbroken as the last transplant could not get the benefits and a senior physician at Brigham Hospital advised the family for CAR T cell therapy as the only way left for her recovery to full health soon. (Aameen)
For CAR-T to be successful, doctors remove an immune system cell which is called T-cell in a patient’s blood.
These cells are genetically made in the lab which would attack the cancer cells, these proliferate and then are given to the patient through infusion.
NICE (National Institute For Health And Care Excellence) defines them as “personalized immunotherapy treatments….usually given as a one-off treatment.”
Luckily, in her own country UK, a trial is scheduled for this at Great Ormand Street Hospital in a few days but Hallie’s aunt is all determined to fly to the US immediately and not to wait (or rather waste) precious time, as the patient is so young.
It will call for the third transplant which would not find funds flowing from NHS (National Health Scheme).
For the little cute patient, Ms Dugdale remarks,” The sweetest little girl, she’s so gentle and kind natured”.
She narrated the ordeal her sister Kim has experienced, as “devastated as any mother would be” but then they are thrilled and feel inspired at the big support that comes their way through crowdfunding and they have already amassed around 1,80,000 pounds.
She is hopeful that the treatment would begin soon and before the target amount is collected through the Go Fund Me Page.
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Birmingham Childrens Hospital lamented, “Sadly, a third transplant isn’t a current treatment option for Hallie, who has a rare form of leukaemia.”
But the medical staff at the hospital continues to do research to unhide some options for her and this includes the certainty of experimental CAR-T therapy which would support the clinical trial.
Finally, the media still looks forward to a response from NHS on this. Tech news updates in India to make you marvel at the sophistication now experienced in life.
Laser Vapourises Clot In A Man Who Suffers A Heart Attack: Tech News updates In India
In Mumbai city, not very long ago, a man in his 20s, Vijay (not his real name) felt unusual tightness in his chest, though the possibility of a looming heart attack seemed invisible to him.
Hours later as he got down from the local train and hurried to hail an auto to reach his office boundary, his vision could see only darkness with acute pain in his chest, the intensity increased to an extent that it became unbearable to him and he swooned.
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Mumbai is the city where this is backed by dozens of reports, heart attacks are common and this simply squeezes the heart to stop functioning immediately.
But in the case of Vijay, his suffering met a pleasant ending as the laser was directed onto his chest to “vaporize” the blockage hardening his artery.
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In this fast-moving city, about 100 patients have availed laser beams to vapourise the blockage.
The star performer is Dr Ganesh Kumar, who managed laser beams and carried out laser angioplasty on Vijay at L.H. Hiranandani Hospital, Powai.
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Satisfied with the outcome, the Dr said, “The blood vessel that was completely blocked seems as good as new”.
During the procedure, Vijay did not get any stent, unlike other patients who need it.
Dr Kumar added, “We avoided a stent as he is young. Moreover, the plaque that led to the clot in his case was most possibly very new and small, unlike in older patients.”
The hospital purchased the laser machine just two months ago and since then, Dr Kumar has brought over 100 patients under the laser beam coverage, who now beam and celebrate their new version.
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Mumbaikers (dwellers of the city) have awakened to the enduring promise of laser angioplasty and the famous Breach Candy Hospital which has never breached the tradition of aligning the latest machinery in treatment, is the first facility to procure this machine and has unleashed laser beams on 100 patients now.
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Cardiologist Dr Kirti Punamiya has drafted a research paper highlighting the outcome of laser angioplasty on 90 lesions in dozens of patients.
Dr Punamiya asserts, “It burns the clot and makes angioplasty easier for the patient. A stent can be easily placed in the affected portion of the artery after a part of the plaque or clot is ablated.”’
Even though heart specialists resort to other methods of clearing the accumulated matter but the latest laser technology has proved to be immensely convenient.
But again, Dr Punamiya stresses standard methods such as ballooning and stents and reiterates that lasers can never be a substitute for these standard methods.
He proclaimed, “Laser helps doctors when they have to perform a complex angioplasty or a patient has developed restenosis (narrowing of the artery previously treated with a stent).”
Now we have Dr Praveen Chandra who serves at Medanta Hospital, Gurugram and in his opinion, the laser is effective in those who have a large chunk to be stented or with a thin blood vessel.
His words, “Laser is at present only meant for a subgroup of patients with complicated blockages and not for every patient.”
For heart treatment, 19 hospitals across India currently use this machine.
Albeit, such was invented around 2 decades ago but such have found a new craze in India, which is due to the growing number of heart attacks among those under 40 years.
When laser treatment is included in the medical bill, it shoots up to Rs. 1.5 lakhs to Rs. 2.5 lakhs.
Dr Kumar says, “But with a growing number of youngsters below 30 years getting heart attacks, the laser offers an alternative.”
But for older patients, such is not the only way out to recovery. ‘
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