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Fatal childhood irritable bowel disease corrected with cord blood transplant

Zhao Jiaxin has become the first child in China to receive a cord blood transplant as a cure for a genetic form of irritable bowel disease that is often lethal to newborn babies.

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9 years old and cancer-free thanks to life-saving umbilical cord stem cell transplant

Jenson has lived half his young life with cancer. Diagnosed with lymphoma aged 4 and then with leukaemia aged 7, it’s impossible to imagine how the Wright family must feel reading today’s news that their son is cancer-free. Just 6 weeks after completing 3 years of chemotherapy in October 2016, Jenson’s family learnt that cancer had […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Zoe and Brendan Cole

We’re privileged to be named in hundreds of couple’s birthing plans and to play a tiny part in their journey to welcoming new life. In 2018 we were able to help dancer Brendan Cole and wellness blogger Zoe Cole to protect their young family’s health. The couple already had a daughter, Aurelia, and were considering using the once in […]

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Cord blood banking matters to me: Zoe and Harris

As a retired midwife, Zoe’s mum was aware of umbilical stem cell banking and encouraged the couple to find out more about the process. We spoke to them a week before Zoe was due to give birth about their hopes for the future as a family. Zoe: “My mum was based in a hospital and […]

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Stem Cell Success Story – Systemic Scleroderma

Tony Underhill lived a full, active life until Systemic Scleroderma slowly hardened his skin until he could hardly move. “I nicknamed it ‘the beast inside of me’ “, says Tony.  “It’s like having an anaconda, a baby anaconda, growing inside of you, that grows just a little bit every day and he just keeps squeezing […]

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Can cord blood treat leukaemia patients in relapse?

In the first major study of cord blood transplantation for secondary acute myeloid leukaemia 40% of patients are “rescued” from the disease. The results of world’s first major study into the use of cord blood transplantation (CBT) to treat secondary acute myeloid leukaemia (sAML), were published in December 2018. 146 patients participated in the test. […]

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Cord Blood Myths and Facts by the Cord Blood Association

‘Cord Blood Myths and Facts’ by the Cord Blood Association (CBA) offers a useful guide to the accuracy of popularly held views about cord blood banking. Through their piece, the CBA hopes to counter some of the conjecture heard by health professionals with medical fact. Here are 20 myths that can get in the way of […]

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Why cord blood is doctors’ first choice in treating Hurler Syndrome (MPS I)

Umbilical cord blood saved Lyla Edgington’s life when she was diagnosed with the progressive genetic disease Hurler Syndrome (a mucopolysaccharide storage disease, MPS I). In an interview for World Cord Blood Day 2018, Lyla’s parents Steve and Helen Edgington shared Lyla’s story. “It all started when Lyla was 5 months old” explains Lyla’s dad, Steve, “and […]

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