Little Vihaan comes back to life with Anuroop’s stem cells
Perumbavoor: Anuroop, a young engineer is on cloud nine after saving the life of a four-year-old boy Vihaan.
An year back, 23-year-old Anuroop, a native of Ernakulam got a phone call from Datri, a blood stem cell donors’ registry. Datri got his details as he also took part in the blood sample collection camp held at Vazhakulam Viswajyothi college. Datri representative informed Anuroop that his blood sample matched with a boy who needs stem cell transplantation as he was suffering from Thalassemia.
Anuroop was ready to help the little boy. As directed by Datri, he had undergone the medical tests. His father Ashokan and mother Yamuna also agreed with his decision to help the boy.
Following this, he was taken to Chennai Apollo hospital. On April 8, 2019, Dr Revathy Raj operated Anuroop and took bone marrow from his spine and transplanted it on Vihaan.
The bone marrow can be separated from the blood as well. But, due to the nature of the child’s disease and his critical condition, such a complicated procedure was necessary.
Anuroop is the 15th bone marrow stem cell donor in India and 5th in Kerala.
As per the conditions, the donor and recipient should know each other’s details after a year. Finally, this period ended on Friday. Vihaan Swaroop who is the recipient is the only son of Swaroop, a Bengaluru-based Mechanical Engineer and his wife Bhavana.
“Vihaan is a healthy boy now. We are grateful to Anuroop and his family,” said Vihaan's parents.