First cord blood transplant


The very first cord blood transplant was performed in France for Matthew Farrow, a 5-yr-old American boy who had Fanconi anemia. The procedure was typical of modern transplants, in that stem cells from a single donor were infused following intensive chemotherapy. Umbilical cord blood from Matthew's newborn sister was harvested in North Carolina, USA, temporarily frozen, and shipped to Paris. The American scientist Hal Broxmeyer supervised the cord blood processing and the French doctor Eliane Gluckman supervised the transplant.

The photo at left shows Matthew Farrow with our founder Frances Verter at a conference in spring 2011.

Eliane Gluckman, M.D., Hal E. Broxmeyer, Ph.D., Arleen D. Auerbach, Ph.D., Henry S. Friedman, M.D., Gordon W. Douglas, M.D., Agnès Devergie, M.D., Hélène Esperou, M.D., Dominique Thierry, Ph.D., Gérard Socie, M.D., Pierre Lehn, M.D., Scott Cooper, B.S., Denis English, Ph.D., Joanne Kurtzberg, M.D., Judith Bard, and Edward A. Boyse, M.D., F.R.S.
N Engl J Med 1989; 321:1174-1178

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