A stem cell transfusion from the umbilical cord blood can be used to treat a variety of diseases including Leukemias and disorders effecting the immune system and other organs.
There is a huge amount of information on the treatments available along especially as the cord blood storage process has been around for many years, at Biovault we have been storing tissue and stem cells for over 10 years now.
You might not be aware that the cord blood and stem cells from the original sample can be used for treating other members of the family, not just the original child.
Over 7 years ago a three year old boy, Titus Chang, was saved using a cord blood transplant from his newborn brother. He had been diagnosed at birth with Aplastic Anemia.
The cord blood stem cell transfusion was used to fight the Aplastic Anemia, a rare and serious disorder. It relates to the bone marrow and the blood stem cells that are there – which are damaged. The causes is a deficiency of all three blood cell types (pancytopenia): red blood cells (anemia), white blood cells (leukopenia), and platelets (thrombocytopenia) – the Aplastic refers to inability of the stem cells to generate the mature blood cells.
The symptoms can develop slowly or come on suddenly. This particular disorder tends to get worse over time, unless its cause is found and treated.