Horizon: Life Blood

Director: BBC
Year: 2001
Country: UK
Duration: 50 mins
Rating: N/A

Filed under: Human Transplantation, Documentary

Matthew Farrow was born with a rare and fatal blood disease, Fanconi's anaemia. His family and doctors thought he was going to die. Instead, aged just five, he became the first person in the world to be given a radical new treatment that few believed would work. It saved his life. The treatment was remarkably simple. A small quantity of blood taken from a newborn baby's umbilical cord and placenta was infused into him. Thanks to this cord blood, Matthew Farrow is now a healthy teenager and the treatment he helped to pioneer is giving hope to hundreds of critically ill children around the world. (Aired BBC Two (Scotland), Thursday 11 October 2001, 21:00)

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