Italians celebrate success of treatment no longer legal in ItalyBMJ 2004; 329 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.329.7467.643-a (Published 16 September 2004) Cite this as: BMJ 2004;329:643
- Fabio Turone
A 5 year old child with Cooley's anaemia has been successfully treated in Italy using cord blood stem cells from his new born twin brothers.
The case has been controversial in Italy because the parents initially went to Turkey to have in vitro fertilisation; preimplantation diagnosis of the fetus to ensure that the baby would not have his or her brother's condition; and tissue typing to ensure a good match for the transplant. Italy has a restrictive law on assisted reproduction (3 January, p 9 and 5 June, p 1334), and the initial procedure which the parents chose to have in Turkey (because they are Turkish) is no longer legal in Italy.
The couple had a …