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Tippi and Elianna’s Story: Stopping a Fatal Blood Disease Before Birth: Part 1

Tippi and Elianna’s Story: Stopping a Fatal Blood Disease Before Birth: Part 1

Tippi MacKenzie, MD, is stopping disease before it starts – in the womb.

In 2017, she launched the world's first clinical trial of an in-utero stem cell transplant therapy. Her first patient, baby Elianna, was born just four months later.

Elianna's birth came after a second-trimester diagnosis of a normally fatal blood disorder. Her story hints at the lifesaving possibilities of fetal therapy for families who face similarly devastating diagnoses.


Published

September 18, 2020

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UCSF MedConnection

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