Umbilical cord blood gets thrown away but it gave my son extra year of life

 In Stem Cell News

Source: The Sun Newspaper – By Helen Gilbert

ALMOST 83,000 litres of precious umbilical cord blood were just thrown away last year.

Yet it is rich in potentially life-saving stem cells. At present cord blood is not routinely collected by the NHS. But if just 30,000 cord blood units are saved every year in the UK, 80 per cent of live-saving transplant requests could be met. Clinical support worker Fiona Harris-Beard, 32, and husband Joe, 32, are campaigning for change. They lost toddler son Charlie to leukaemia when he was two, but Fiona says a stem cell transfusion extended his life by a year.

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