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Video: First Emirati patient undergoes bone marrow transplant in UAE

Wam/Abu Dhabi
Filed on April 5, 2021 | Last updated on April 5, 2021 at 03.28 pm

Al Jaberi underwent successful treatment and is recovering well at home.

The first Emirati patient to undergo a bone marrow transplant in Abu Dhabi is recovering well at home.

AbdelRahman Al Jaberi underwent successful treatment as part of the Abu Dhabi Stem Cells Centre's (ADSCC) Abu Dhabi Bone Marrow Transplant programme (AD-BMT).

The AD-BMT programme was established by ADSCC in August 2020 and has been treating patients since its inception in collaboration with Sheikh Khalifa Medical City.

The programme relies on stem cell therapy to treat patients with hematological and oncological illnesses, including bone marrow transplantation, which is an established stem cell-based treatment for a number of blood malignancies. These include multiple myeloma, plasma cell leukemia, large diffuse B-cell lymphoma, and Hodgkin lymphoma, as well as autoimmune diseases and benign hematological conditions such as thalassemia, among others.

In less than a year, eight patients with different types of blood malignancies have been treated.

AbdelRahman Al Jaberi, the eighth patient in question, said: "I wasn’t aware that stem cell therapy was available in the UAE, but I’m grateful to God and to our leader, His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, for supporting the centre so that I don’t have to travel and can recover at home in Abu Dhabi amongst my family."

"With Covid-19, there’s a risk from travel and the time demands of quarantine. Thankfully, I don’t have to worry about that. With my family and friends standing by me, I feel a much-needed dose of positive energy to continue with the treatment. Thank God for that," he added.

Dr Fatema Al Kaabi, Executive Director of the Abu Dhabi Bone Marrow Transplant programme and lead physician during Al Jaberi’s treatment, said: "We are almost 50 years old as a country and are treating cancer patients using an internationally approved treatment method with curative intentions. We are aiming to incorporate smart immunotherapies and cell engineering methodologies to fight cancers in the UAE and the region."

Dr Yendry Ventura, Specialist in Immunology and General Manager of ADSCC, said: "As immunologists, we strive to identify innovative methods to treat conditions that are known to be challenging to cure. Using stem cell therapy in the form of bone marrow transplants is one of the most well-known and established methods to treat various conditions of blood malignancies."

ADSCC was founded with the primary objective of meeting growing domestic and regional demand for advanced medical services and the most innovative treatments in the UAE.

ADSCC is committed to ensuring the Abu Dhabi Bone Marrow Transplant programme meets the highest standards of quality and patient satisfaction at every step in the process, including treatment, aftercare, and follow-up for clinical BMT personnel, patients, and their families.





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