Hussein's Lifesaving Stem Cell Treatment
When he was born in September 2015, Hussein El Kerdi looked like a healthy baby boy. No one knew that his immune cells lacked an important enzyme. But the absence of that enzyme would profoundly change the El Kerdi family’s life, sending them on a journey from their small hometown in Lebanon to UCLA. Their one goal: to save Hussein’s life with a stem cell gene therapy developed by Dr. Donald Kohn, a member of the UCLA Broad Stem Cell Research Center.