Friday, 3 November 2017

Cord blood: The blood "miracle"

Did you know how important cord blood is? I'm guessing no but in the next couple of years, it will be much more popular than it is now.
๐Ÿ“๐Ÿ“ŒSeveral doctors and parents who have realized the life saving potential in cord blood are now calling for more donors as it can save many lives.
๐Ÿ“ŠOne of such lucky children is Valentina DeLeon who had Severe Combined Immunodeficiency (SCID), a rare genetic disorder in which the immune cells don’t function properly. Valentina was given a 30 percent chance of survival. In a desperate search for a bone marrow match, the DeLeon’s turned to a public cord blood bank in San Antonio and the procedure was successful.

๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿ“šCord blood is important because it contains hematopoietic stem cells — cells that can turn into any type of blood cell. When these cells are transplanted into the bone marrow they become functional cells that can cure diseases, such as blood disorders, immune deficiencies, metabolic diseases, some kinds of cancers, and even rare genetic diseases
๐Ÿ“ŠCord blood — taken from the placenta of healthy newborn infants — is discarded 95 percent of the time, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, even though experts know that the blood is an excellent source of stem cells that could help treat and, possibly, cure up to 80 different diseases.
If there is no known family history of genetic disease, it is best to donate the cord blood that would otherwise be thrown out to public cord blood banks so it can be used by families who desperately need it.

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