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The im­por­tance of Cord Blood Re­search was high­lighted at Nor­west pri­vate Hos­pi­tal last week when mem­bers of Baulkham Hills In­ner Wheel held an in­for­ma­tion stall.

Cord Blood is the blood re­main­ing in the um­bil­i­cal cord and pla­centa af­ter de­liv­ery of the baby and af­ter the um­bil­i­cal cord is cut.

The collection is per­formed with­out dis­turb­ing the nor­mal de­liv­ery prac­tice and is there­fore not harm­ful to the mother and baby.

It is rich in blood stem cells, which are the build­ing blocks for blood cells. Cord blood can be frozen and stored for over 20 years and is al­ter­na­tive source of blood stem cells to bone mar­row.

Bone mar­row trans­plan­ta­tion is a cu­ra­tive treat­ment for dis­eases such as leukaemia, lym­phoma, im­mune de­fi­ciency, aplas­tic anaemia and tha­las­saemia.

Dur­ing the past 25 years, over 30,000 cord blood trans­plants have been un­der­taken in both chil­dren and adults. Mem­bers raised nearly $600 on the day which will go to fur­ther re­search into Cord Blood.

Lyn Sta­p­ley also pre­sented a spe­cial Cord Bear to the first baby born at Nor­west Pri­vate Hos­pi­tal in May. This year’s re­cip­i­ent was baby girl Azara born on May 1 pic­tured with Nay and Jess Sakya and Lyn Sta­p­ley, Vice Pres­i­dent, In­ner Wheel Club of Baulkham Hills.

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