Featured below are a selection of cord blood case studies:
At just three days old Carol Mulumba was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anaemia. Sickle Cell is common in Black, Asian, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern people. Sickle cell is hereditary and causes the red blood cells to form abnormally, in a sickle or crescent shape.
When Keegan Doheney was 2 years old he was diagnosed with leukaemia. Fortunately, Keegan’s doctors were able to get the leukaemia into remission, however his parents were aware there was the possibly he could relapse in the future.
When Sparrow Morris was born she was a healthy child, she was her parent’s fifth child. What was different about Sparrow was that her parent’s decided to bank her umbilical cord blood. Sparrow’s parents were unaware of cord blood banking with their previous children but decided to bank hers.
Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome is a debilitating illness which affects joints and ligaments. It is a genetic condition which affects around 1:5,000 worldwide, however the more rare forms of the illness can affect as few as 1:250,000. There are 6 “types” of the illness with variations within each subtype. Treatments for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome vary with research edging into the fields of stem cell technology. While treatments for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome may be found within stem cell research it is likely that they will only be for symptomatic issues rather than a direct treatment for the illness itself due to the genetic nature of it.