Deadly Delay: Surgeries, Transplants Put on Hold
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20 April 2010
Europe’s flight ban is preventing some life–saving transplant tissue from reaching patients, and other operations have had to be cancelled because surgeons are stuck overseas.
Henny Braund, CEO of the Anthony Nolan Trust, which finds matches for patients who need bone marrow transplants, said on Monday at least 16 British patients had already been affected. They include a young girl waiting for marrow cells to get to her from Canada. “We have cells sitting in North America while patients in the UK are being kept in isolation waiting for their transplant to arrive,” Braund said.
UK hospitals said they were cancelling some operations because surgeons were stuck overseas. The pharmaceuticals industry also relies heavily on air freight to ship medicines around the world.