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'Designer Baby' Cures Sick Older Brother

by VR Sreeraman on May 8, 2011 at 2:42 PM
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 'Designer Baby' Cures Sick Older Brother

A 12-year-old boy in Britain who was born with a rare condition has been cured of it after his "designer baby" brother gave him the gift of life.

Charlie Whitaker was born with Diamond Blackfan Anaemia (DBA) a condition that prevented his body from making red blood cells.

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He also endured painful daily injections for eight hours at a time to keep his blood healthy.

But now, Charlie has been given the all clear by doctors and can now live a normal, healthy life, his parents, Jayson and Michelle, disclosed on Friday, reports the Telegraph.
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He was saved by stem cells transplanted from the umbilical cord of his brother Jamie, who was born by IVF specifically to provide a tissue match.

In a case, which prompted fierce debate, the Whitakers had to go to the United States for the procedure, which was banned at the time in Britain.

His mum Michelle, 38, said: "People would use the term 'designer' or 'harvest baby' to talk about Jamie, to make it sound like he was born for spare parts, but that is completely wrong. I really like the term saviour sibling because that is what he is.

"Charlie is now completely healthy, I know his little brother saved him and he knows that too, which is wonderful.

"What Jamie did for his brother is extra special. I am so proud of both of them and I would do it all over again," she added.

Source: ANI
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