The main cure available today for Thalassamia is Bone Marrow Transplantation (BMT) from compatible donor (a matching sibling),invented in the 1980′s,Prof. Guido Lucarelli (Cure Thalassemia scientific advisor). Prof. Lucarelli and his team have done more than 1,500 BMTs for thalassemia (about 50% of all the BMTs done in the world) in the last 30 years,and are the worldwide authorities in this field.
In low risk young patients,the thalassemia free survival rate is 89%,with no more need of blood transfusions;the mortality risk is 3%.
The patient has to stay in the hospital for about 40-45 days,and he has to come back every week for 3-6 months. In Asia the cost of a BMT is about $25-30,000,in western countries it is up to 6 times higher.
Ask the free advice of Dr. Pietro Sodani (Cure Thalassemia scientific coordinator) to see if you can have BMT,and what the results might be.
The most recent results are in this scientific paper published on August 2010:
NY Academy of science:Progress in hematopoietic stem cell transplantationas allogeneic cellular gene therapy in thalassemia