Senior Turkish politician chooses Israel for stem cell treatment

Former Finance Minister hopes groundbreaking therapies will cure renal failure.

Former Finance Minister of Turkey, Kemal Unakıtan, was in Israel recently to undergo groundbreaking renal insufficiency treatments.

Turkish media reported that Unakitan, a senior member of Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s government in 2002-2009, spent nearly two-and-a-half months in Tel Aviv at the International Center for Cell Therapy & Cancer Immunotherapy (CTCI).

Israel’s stem cell treatments are considered groundbreaking and among the best in the world. Should the CTCI therapies work, Unakitan will be able to be weaned off dialysis and avoid a kidney transplant, Yediot Aharonot reported.

According to Turkish media, Unakitan is scheduled to return to Israel in the near future for another round of therapies.

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