Cord Blood Donation
The precious gift of life, the blood from the umbilical cord - rich in blood-forming stem cells, used to be routinely discarded after the birth of a baby. Today, this gift can be collected after the baby's birth and donated to a public cord blood bank to help someone with a life-threatening disease. Medical science now recognises that cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, which can be collected, processed, and cryogenically preserved for future potential life-saving cord blood transplants.
Since the first unrelated umbilical cord blood transplant in 1993, over 30,000 cord blood transplants have been performed around the world as of 2012. Many of these transplant patients received unrelated cord blood that was generously donated to a public cord blood bank.