Baby departs for stem-cell treatment

THE FAMILY of a baby girl travelling to China for stem-cell injections defended their decision to seek treatment abroad before departing Ireland yesterday.

Eight month old Gretta Kieran Cullen suffers from a rare condition, Septo-Optic Dysplasia (SOD), causing blindness, hormone deficiencies and low muscle tone.

“I have spent months researching this topic, we have spoken at length with doctors in China and we have spoken to others who have been in the same situation, so we know what we are getting into and we know the risks,” Ms Kieran said. Gretta will be the first child from the Republic to receive stem-cell treatment in China for the condition.

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