IVF saviour sibling saves brother from rare disease

9th May 2011

A ‘designer baby’ who was created through IVF to provide cells for his ill brother has saved his sibling's life, according to doctors.

Jamie Whitaker was born to be an exact stem cell match for his brother Charlie, who suffers from a condition which prevented his body from producing red blood cells, after it was found that none of his immediate family could provide a match for a transplant, the Daily Mail reported.

As soon as Jamie was born, stem cells were harvested from his umbilical cord and transplanted into his brother.

Charlie has now been given the all clear.

Mum Michelle said: "People would use the term 'designer' or 'harvest baby' to talk about Jamie, to make it sound like he was born for spare parts, but that is completely wrong.

'I really like the term saviour sibling because that is what he is."

The story is similar to the plot of recent film release My Sister's Keeper, in which a couple gives birth to a baby girl in a bid to provide treatment for their older daughter who is ill.

Posted by Philip Briggs

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