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Syria readies hematopoietic stem cell transplantation center

Syria readies hematopoietic stem cell transplantation center

Damascus, Jun 8 (Prensa Latina) Syrian authorities finished outfitting a center specialized in the transplantation of hematopoietic stem cells, considered the first of its kind in the country, and to be dedicated to the treatment of children with cancer.
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The unit, based at the pediatric teaching hospital in Damascus, has been equipped with cutting-edge medical technologies and will offer treatment to children with leukemia, solid cancers, inherited blood diseases and congenital immunodeficiencies.

Syria’s First Lady Asmaa Al-Assad said during her visit to the center that it will be a hope for many children and families, and its equipping and opening in the coming days shows that nothing is impossible to achieve through work and determination.

She indicated that due to the circumstances of the war and the blockade, some believed completing such a center to be impossible, however thanks to the effort, collaboration between institutions and teamwork, this dream became a reality.

‘It was not easy at all to obtain the technological equipment, but thanks to the Syrian emigrants and some entities it was possible to break the blockade and reach a center that complies with world standards and standards,’ she remarked.

According to the First Lady, after overcoming this challenge ‘we are now facing a new phase of doing new things, and the most important thing in this context is having the will (for it).’

Syria faces blockade and sanctions imposed by the United States and its European allies, which prevent it from importing medical equipment and other supplies necessary for the country’s recovery.

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