Second Bubble baby detected by NBS in Catalonia

February 2020

This is a 22-day-old girl who was admitted to Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus waiting to receive a stem cell transplant.

A second child with a severe combined immunodeficiency ((SCID), also known as bubble babies, detected thanks to the Newborn Screening (NBS) performed with the heel test at Hospital Clínic was admitted to the Vall d'Hebron Children's Hospital.

Since 2017, when the Department of Health of the Generalitat of Catalonia launched the NBS, a total of 200,000 heel tests have been done to detect SCID.

On December 31st, “El Periódico” newspaper highlighted the news of the healing of the first bubble boy detected thanks to the NBS within the great medical successes of 2019 at Vall d'Hebron Barcelona Hospital Campus.
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