Photo: Perfect Genetic Matched Sibling, Spain
The birth of Baby Estrella on Saturday in Seville announces the arrival of Antonio and Melania’s first daughter as well as the savior for their son, Antonio, suffering from a severe form of the life threatening illness, Aplastic Anemia. Estrella, the second genetically selected baby born in the Virgen del Rocío Hospital in Seville, was carefully chosen as the perfect genetic match to save her older brother’s life.
Little Antonio’s disease, a severe form of Aplastic Anemia, causes the elimination of cells that generate blood in the bone marrow. The only treatment that exists as a possible cure for this disease is a bone marrow transplant with a genetically equal relative. This type of match didn’t exist for Antonio, until Saturday.
Although strongly criticized by leaders in the Catholic Church, the Human Assisted Reproduction Law was approved in 2006. Under this law all are entitled to seek this type of genetic reproductive assistance using Spain’s public health care services.
A date for the upcoming bone marrow operation has not been finalized.