What is Thalassemia?
- Thalassemia is an abnormality of the blood which is due to the inability of a new born child to form normal Hemoglobin.
- In such cases the child needs to receive transfusion of blood, once in a minimum of 2 to a maximum of 3 weeks.
- If the transfusion is not done, then it can be fatal for the child, as he reaches the age of 5.
- The red blood cells that have the Hemoglobin molecule are not healthy. This disease is inherited through defective genes.
- It is not passed on from one patient to another by any type of contact or blood transfusion or air or food.
- The cure of this is not 100% sure but the only option available is stem cell transplantation.