(ANSA) - FLORENCE - The direction of the transport of bone marrow from Russia is Florentine, which saved the life of a serious leukemia patient hospitalized in southern Italy by bypassing the Russian embargo.
The patient needed a transplant and the world's only donor had been spotted in a remote location in Russia, nearly a five-hour flight from Moscow.
Being able to take charge of the donor's bone marrow immediately appeared very difficult, since it is not possible in any case to have an entry visa in the country, not even for life-saving health reasons nor is it possible for Russian citizens to come to Italy.
After a discussion with the Ibmdr (the Italian register of bone marrow donors that coordinates in Italy the search for the genetic twin in any part of the world it is and which supervises this type of transport) and the Operational Nucleo of Civil Protection Logistics for Transplants , based in Florence, which would have carried out the transport, the solution has arrived.
By setting in motion a complex organizational and authorization machine in recent days, an "exchange" has been set up between the Russian and the Italian courier in Istanbul, Turkey.
"In a moment of great international tensions, with the Russian-Ukrainian war in progress, the gift of life wins once again - says Nicoletta Sacchi, Ibmdr director -. A Russian donor donated his hematopoietic stem cells to a patient. Italian waiting for bone marrow transplant.
For Ibmdr the challenge this time was to be able to get the precious cells once donated.
Strengthened by the experience gained in the pandemic era, once again a 'relay' solution was found and once again the NOPC couriers successfully completed one of the many often complex missions that Ibmdr entrusts to them and above all the gift of the marrow, anonymous, free and voluntary, among complete strangers, has also gone beyond the boundaries created by an ongoing war ". (ANSA).