SEARCH AND ACTIVATION OF BONE MARROW TRANSPLANTS

When pharmaceuticals, surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation have not worked, bone marrow transplant (BMT) is the next step.

What it is all about 

Bone marrow is a primary organ producing new blood cells. When bone marrow is not producing enough new blood cells, it cannot be ‘repaired’ but new bone marrow can be transplanted. Transplant procedure looks very similar to blood transfusion, however tremendous work is behind the apparent simplicity.

If bone marrow donor is found among family – siblings are most frequent donors, virtually all transplantation costs are covered from the state budget.

However, every year about 40 children in Russia do not have a familial match. Since the registry of bone marrow donors in Russia cannot fulfill all the needs, searches in international registries must be carried out. Gift of Life works closely with one of Europe’s largest bone marrow donor registries – Stefan Morsch Foundation.

The costs 

The lengthy and meticulous search can cost up to £5,000 per child. Or more, if the search lasts longer – it could take up to a year. Bone marrow donors do not ask for payment but the procedure itself is expensive, close to £10,000 per procedure. This includes donor’s travel to the hospital, accommodation and other expenses, medical fees and insurance. The total cost of a bone marrow transplant is usually around £15,000. However, in cases, it is much higher. For instance, a donor for Maria Dyatlova was eventually found in the U.S. and total costs amounted to £20,000. A donor for Valeria Lee was found in Japan and the total cost was approx. £28,000.

BMT in Russia 

The main clinics where the procedure is carried out are Dmitry Rogachev National Research Center of Pediatric Hematology, Oncology and Immunology in Moscow, the Raisa Gorbacheva Institute of Children’s Haematology and Transplantology in St. Petersburg, Regional Perinatal Center CSTO number 1 in Yekaterinburg.

To put it simply, bone marrow transplants can save lives, which means your donations to Gift of Life are hope for children battling cancer.



Gift of Life and Podari Zhizn patients share their stories of recovery after bone marrow transplants. 

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