More parents are storing their child’s precious umbilical cord blood stem cell just in case they might need to use to treat their child illness in future. Collecting your child’s cord blood is an act of insurance to them for it can play a part of saving your child life in case your child develops any of the illnesses where cord blood is used in treatment. To date it can treat more than 80 diseases using Haematopoietic Stem Cell (HSC) transplants, including leukemia, sickle cell anemia, and metabolic disorders.
Scientists say discarded blood from the placenta after child birth contains something that could be use to help save thousands of lives each year. More parents have seen the true benefits of cord blood banking and so take some time to investigate your options and the benefits of cord blood banking. The benefits of cord blood storage no doubt are well worth the cost given the life-saving potential. As many people are unaware of the benefits of cord blood banking. Do take an opportunity and tell this benefits to your family and friends about cord blood banking.
What cord blood is used for?
Research has shown in recent years that survival rates have double when a person’s own cord blood or a family member’s cord blood is used. Majority of the patient under went blood transfusion transplant is less likely to suffer from rejection if his own cord blood is used. In history, the first successful umbilical cord stem cell transplantation occurred in 1988, when a newborn girl donated cord blood to cure her brother of Fanconi Anemia, a genetic defect.
Cord blood is used to treat mainly blood disorders and cancers, of which there are 200 to 400 new cases annually in Singapore. Cord blood used to treat aggressive leukaemia especially in children and is often used when bone marrow donors can’t be found. Leukaemia probably being the most common problem solved. Umbilical cord blood is used in this transplant just like how it been done on bone marrow.
Whether you choose to store your child’s cord blood in a private blood bank or donate your child’s cord blood to a public blood bank so that it can potentially save the life of children who’s in need of it.
What are cord blood stem cells?
During pregnancy, the umbilical cord functions as a lifeline between mother and child. Years later, the blood present within the umbilical cord could offer hope for the child or other individuals in the family.
The umbilical cord blood is a rich source of haematopoietic stem cells (HSCs); cells responsible for replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system. HSCs are known as “precursor cells”, as they have the unique ability to differentiate into the different types of cells found in the body, namely:
* Red Blood Cells – which transport oxygen
* White Blood Cells – which produce antibodies and fight bacteria
* Platelets – which assist blood clotting