Development of Stem Medicine in Ukraine

by Roman Cheplyk
Sunday, April 2, 2023
Development of Stem Medicine in Ukraine

The first bone marrow transplant from a non-native donor was performed in Ukraine

3 years ago, Ukraine finally changed the legislation, allowing surgeons to transplant bone marrow patients from a non-native donors. For these purposes, a bone marrow donors register operates in our country, but up to this point, there were so few donors that they had to be looked for abroad. During this time, more than 60 transplants were made from foreign donors, particularly from Poland and Germany. With the outbreak of war, such a delicate procedure as biomaterial delivery became almost impossible, and Ukrainian medicine focused on its own resources.

A few days ago, a bone marrow transplant was performed on 18-year-old Oleg Shevchenko with aplastic anaemia at the Kyiv clinic Okhmadet. The donor was a Ukrainian from UBMDR, and according to the law, he and the recipient cannot reveal their identity for 2 years. In June 2022, a bone marrow transplant was performed from a 5-year-old boy to his father.

The Ministry of Health of Ukraine and UBMDR ask Ukrainians not to be afraid and donate their biomaterial. This is a simple and painless procedure through which you can give a chance of survival to those who will die without it.

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