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Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood Cancer and Cord Blood

Childhood cancer is a parent’s worst nightmare, however, childhood cancer is rare.  Additionally, the days where any diagnosis of childhood cancer is a terminal diagnosis are long gone.  Today the vast majority of children survive as a result of an improvement in diagnosis and treatments.  Especially relevant is the introduction of stem cell transplants.  Cord(…)

Matilda is a Born Lifesaver

Matilda is a Born Lifesaver

Baby Matilda was born at St. Mary’s Hospital in Manchester where her umbilical cord blood was donated to Anthony Nolan making her a “Born Lifesaver”.   When Catherine Martin and Paul Hickey were given the chance to donate their baby’s cord blood at birth they seized the opportunity. Matilda’s dad, Paul, is a nurse at Manchester(…)

Krabbe Disease: Twins Find Cord Blood Match

Krabbe Disease: Twins Find Cord Blood Match

Leicestershire twins Luis and Kian King have found a stem cell match. Juvenile-onset Krabbe Disease The boys from Sileby were diagnosed with the rare condition Juvenile-onset Krabbe Disease which causes loss of motor skills and severely shortens life expectancy.  In Krabbe Disease the body is missing an important enzyme which breaks down certain types of fat-based(…)

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Appeal For More Cord Blood Donors

Fanconi Anaemia: Sam Fletcher of Whalley, Lancashire is appealing for more women to come forward and donate their baby’s umbilical cords after his son’s life was saved by a stem cell transplant using umbilical cord blood. When Sam Fletcher’s son, Charlie, fell ill with rare genetic disease Fanconi Anaemia he described it as the “most(…)