Adult Stem Cell Awareness

October 12, 2007

British family campaigns for umbilical cord blood donation

Filed under: adult stem cell awareness,Real Hope — benotafraid @ 1:30 pm
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Why are our hospitals throwing away the blood that could save so many lives? 

Last updated at 08:01am on 9th October 2007

Amy Winston-Hart spent many months preparing for the worst as her three-year-old daughter Eva fought a particularly vicious form of leukaemia. continue

“It was just terrible,” recalls Amy. “Eva was getting worse and there was nothing we could do to save her.”In desperation, the family spoke to the media to encourage more bone marrow donors to come forward, and more than 500 people queued at emergency donor recruitment clinics in the family’s home town of Market Harborough, Leicestershire.Again, no one was suitable.

“It was agonising,” says Amy.

“We were doing everything we could, but as time went by we really thought nothing would be found to save her life.”

A few months ago, however, Eva finally underwent lifesaving treatment.

But instead of bone marrow stem cells, she was given blood stem cells from the umbilical cord of a baby born thousands of miles away in a small town in New Jersey, America.

These immature baby stem cells can generate new cell production.

Not only that, their immaturity means they are much less likely to trigger a reaction from the recipient’s immune system, even if they are not fully matched.

Doctors are now optimistic about Eva’s future.

The disease was apparently curable only with an infusion of healthy blood stem cells from a bone marrow donor.

However, a trawl of more than 11 million people registered on the world’s databases of bone marrow donors produced not one single match.


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