While bone marrow transplantation offers a cure from thalassemia, it cannot be administered without a chances of permanent infertility, on average around 50%. Life long supportive care and blood transfusions, on the other hand, may allow the possibility of having children. This may change with time.
These answers have been prepared by:
- Dr. Lawrence Faulkner, Cure2Children medical team coordinator
- Dr. Sadaf Khalid, Cure2Children Pakistan branch coordinator