Parents of thalassemic children have several queries regarding the treatment regimen and overall health of their children. Factors that affect growth of the child comes out as a major concern in interaction with parents.
The decision whether to undergo BMT might be a difficult one for many families and patients.
Fifteen-year-old Pavan Kumar Singh is a known thalassemic child. When he was diagnosed at the age of 3 months, his family did not have an idea what thalassemia was. He was taken to every possible hospital in Bangalore to find out if there was a cure for his condition.
Dr Prasanna, the Blood Bank Medical Officer of Victoria Hospital, Bangalore had a hard time in the last week of October. As many as 5 different individuals/organizations wanted to organize a blood donation drive on 1 November - the day of Kannada Rajyotsava.
Can one donate blood with diabetes, cholesterol, controlled blood pressure and after cured tuberculosis?
Medical Conditions and blood donation
As per the Drugs and Cosmetics Act and guidelines from national blood transfusion council the medical conditions mentioned for deferral is vague and incomplete and hence the medical officer has got the discretion to take or defer donation based on recent developments in modern medicine.
According to Dr Sunder Periyavan, Additional Professor, Officer in charge, Transfusion Medicine Center, NIMHANS, Bangalore -