Brother Krishiv is a true saviour for his older sister Kayra. As a Saviour sibling, he helped  Kayra beat Thalassemia major with Preimplantation Genetic Testing (PGT), Haplotyping and bone marrow transplant (BMT) with the help of Jaslok-FertilTree International Fertility Center.

Kunal and Khyati approached us to help their daughter Kayra who was suffering from a lethal haemoglobin disease called Beta Thalassemia Major. They were both carriers for beta-thalassemia mutations. They had heard about PGT with HLA matching and bone marrow transplant for a cure.

The couple underwent 3 IVF-ICSI-PGT cycles to get one chromosomally normal,  beta thalassemia unaffected, and HLA-matched embryo. Khyati conceived on the first attempt and delivered an ordinary healthy boy. Two years later, his bone marrow stem cells were used for transplantation for Kayra. The transplant has successfully freed Kayra of multiple transfusions, hospitalisations and chelations. Having beaten Thalassemia, Kayra is ready to lead a long and healthy life.

Dr. Firuza Parikh added, “We have been performing PGT since 2000. We have helped many couples have babies free of diseases like beta thalassemia, sickle cell anaemia, Fanconi’s Anemia, cystic fibrosis, Leigh Syndrome, Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Propionic Acidemia, Tay-Sachs disease, inherited cancer genes mutations like in BRCA1/2 mutations and congenital heart defects and many more.”

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