Remember how Israel’s Pluristem saved the life of that 7 year old little girl?
The med-tech wonder has reportedly used their technology to save a 54 year old woman!
The patient, a 54 year-old woman diagnosed with lymphoma cancer, was initially treated with chemotherapy. Her condition continued to deteriorate, necessitating a bone marrow transplant. The transplant, as well as alternate therapies, were not successful. As a result, the woman suffered from prolonged dangerous pancytopenia. PLX cells were then administered to the patient at the Hadassah Medical Center, Jerusalem, under the Israeli government’s compassionate use program. Following the injection of the PLX cells intramuscularly (IM), the woman’s clinical condition and blood counts improved to the point where the patient was able to be released from the isolation unit and subsequently discharged from the hospital.
“This is a real breakthrough – the woman was in isolation due to low white blood cells and high susceptibility to infections and in addition her red blood cells and platelets were low, leading to a very dangerous and life-threatening situation,” said Professor Reuven Or, Director of Bone Marrow Transplantation and Cancer Immunology at Hadassah Medical Center. “Further, autologous bone marrow transplantation that she received engrafted poorly, and as a last resort, we applied for a compassionate treatment using Pluristem’s PLX cells based on our previous experience with those cells. The treatment with PLX has saved her life and can certainly be classified as a medical miracle,” added Dr. Reuven Or. “The result of this unique case demonstrates that PLX cells could potentially be effective for use in cancer patients, who receive bone marrow transplantation following severe radiation and chemotherapy treatments, which severely damage their bone marrow.” (Pluristem)
Fortunately it looks like Pluristem’s medical miracle will be arriving upon US shores in the some what near future (pending approval from the US Food and Drug Admins of course) which will hopefully open up their life saving treatment to other needy patients.
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Hat tip: Globes