With the surfacing of stem cell transplants, cord blood’s potential for good seems unlimited to me. Umbilical cord blood is a resource we have been throwing away for years and it turns out to offer potentially life-saving treatment with minimal work for those who donate and those who collect.
It doesn’t cost time or money and doesn’t require a medical procedure. It’s an altruistic donation new mothers can give to contribute to society. Nothing changes the flow of their giving birth. As a result, I obtain consent from about 95 percent of my patients.
I’ve seen studies on stem cell therapy, most recently related to cerebral palsy. The potential to address degenerative diseases, memory disorders, cancers – we are only seeing the tip of the iceberg right now.
When the CCBC coordinator lets me know that a cord blood unit I was involved with has been used for transplant, it is a special day.