Event to spread awareness of bone marrow transplant

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Saturday, 1 September 2018

“The Ruby Hall has till date conducted over 300 such transplants. We are happy to see smiles on patients’ faces after they have gone through a lot of hardships. This day every year will be a celebration and testimony for their determination,” said Dr Pathare.

Pune: In an effort to spread awareness about bone marrow transplant and bone marrow donation, the Ruby Hall Clinic will organise a special function of bone marrow transplant survivors on Saturday, September 1 at the Cancer Care Centre of the Ruby Hall.

Around 100 patients are expected to be present in the presence of chief guest and social activist Dr Anil Avachat, along with Dr Purvez Grant, Managing Trustee of the Grant Medical Foundation, Bomi Bhote, CEO of Ruby Hall Clinic, Dr Sanjay Pathare, Medical Director of Ruby Hall Clinic, Dr Vijay Ramanan, Consultant Hematologist and Head, Bone Marrow Transplant (BMT) Department, BMT Medical Coordinator Dr Bhushan Shinde, Sameer Nikam, Secretary, Thalassemia Society of Maharashtra, Laboratory Director Dr Neeta Munshi and Head of Blood Bank at Ruby Hall Clinic Dr Snehal Mujumdar.

Addressing a press meet, Dr Sanjay Pathare, said the aim behind organising Bone Marrow Transplant Survival Day is to create awareness not only about bone marrow transplants but also bone marrow donation.

“The Ruby Hall has till date conducted over 300 such transplants. We are happy to see smiles on patients’ faces after they have gone through a lot of hardships. This day every year will be a celebration and testimony for their determination,” said Dr Pathare.

Dr Vijay Ramanan said not many people are aware about bone marrow transplants and the change that it can bring in patients’ suffering from thalassemia.

“A bone marrow transplant can do away with the need for transfusions and iron therapies. We also want to create awareness that a living person can donate for bone marrow transplant and give a new lease of life to a needy patient,” he said.

Bomi Bhote, CEO, Ruby Hall Clinic said. “Our teams of highly accomplished doctors have done pioneering work in the field and have excelled in their endeavour to treat thalassemia patients. With  their efforts, Ruby Hall Clinic is regarded as a landmark institution for BMT. I commend the team for dedication and look forward to see them reach greater heights.

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