June 8, 2009
Iraqi doctor uses stem cell therapies to help treat patients’ diseases
Amid the blast walls and cacophony of Baghdad, patients at a local clinic are receiving potentially groundbreaking stem cell therapy, treatments that remain illegal and unproven in many countries.
Dr. Abdul Majeed Alwan Hammadi is conducting the treatments for free, mostly on young Iraqis. He is a clinical hematologist who works in the Bone Marrow Transplant Center, part of Baghdad’s Medical City complex of hospitals on the eastern banks of the Tigris River.
Hammadi says he started therapies in 2008 and has so far treated 34 patients, the majority for multiple sclerosis.