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Cerebral Palsy is the most common cause of physical disability in children

Now it is possible for children with cerebral palsy to be treated not only with their own umbilical cord blood stem cells but also with those from a sibling.

It has been a decade since the first child received an infusion of his own cord blood stem cells to treat cerebral palsy, and finally, this therapy is becoming more widely available to children who do not have their own stem cells in storage.

In the course of giving cord blood transplants to children with metabolic disorders, Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg’s team at Duke University School of Medicine noticed that their patients also had remarkable improvements in cognitive development.

This inspired her to give children with cerebral palsy and other acquired neurologic disorders their own (autologous) cord blood stem cells on a compassionate basis. As a result of that pioneering work, a number of testimonials emerged of children who had made dramatic functional improvements after receiving their own cord blood stem cells.

Umbilical cord blood (UCB) cell therapy for the treatment of children with cerebral palsy is currently being assessed in clinical trials:

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