Dh89,000 donation to Dubai Thelassaemia Centre

The Emirates Red Crescent has donated Dh89,000 to the Dubai Thalassaemia Centre for new medical equipment.

DUBAI // The Emirates Red Crescent has donated Dh89,000 to the Dubai Thalassaemia Centre, state news agency Wam reported.

The money will be used to purchase 10 chelation machines, which pump out excess iron that builds up because of the many blood transfusions that patients with the disease need.

Excess iron can cause worsened heart function and organ failure, and in extreme cases can cause death, said Dr Khowla Belhoul, director of the centre.

The chelation machines are small, battery-operated devices that are easy to use, she said. A syringe connected to the machine gradually releases medicine into the patient, who can carry it for up to 24 hours if necessary.

About one in 12 Emiratis have the beta thalassaemia genetic trait for the disease, which causes abnormal levels of haemoglobin, according to the Emirates Thalassaemia Society.

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Published: December 23, 2014 04:00 AM

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