In a world-first, a Pakistani man is set to receive an umbilical cord blood transplant in China to treat his Myelodysplastic Syndrome. It is the first time that a foreigner has received this type of umbilical cord blood transplant in China.
Myelodysplastic syndrome is a group of disorders caused when something disrupts the production of healthy blood cells. In most cases, some blood cells are malformed or the body does not produce enough blood cells. The symptoms of myelodysplastic syndrome include shortness of breath, fatigue, anaemia, easy bruising, and frequency infections.