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Stor­ing um­bil­i­cal cord blood stem cells at birth could prove to be a life-sav­ing in­vest­ment for a child, or sib­ling, if they are di­ag­nosed with a life-threat­en­ing blood dis­or­der that is treat­able by a stem cell trans­plant. Not ev­ery­one chooses to bank their baby’s cord blood stem cells. Cry­oSave South Africa, a pri­vate cord blood stem cell bank in Pre­to­ria, has recog­nised the plight of fam­i­lies who have a child with a blood dis­or­der that can be treated with a stem cell trans­plant. It pro­vides hope to fam­i­lies af­fected by leukaemia, other forms of blood can­cers, and blood dis­or­ders such as sickle cell dis­ease, through its cost-free do­na­tion pro­gramme. It of­fers fam­i­lies af­fected by dis­eases that can be treated with blood stem cells the op­por­tu­nity to store the cord blood stem cells of their ex­pected new­born child to po­ten­tially treat a sib­ling who has been di­ag­nosed with a blood dis­or­der. To qual­ify for the cost-free do­na­tion pro­gramme, a sib­ling of the un­born child must have been di­ag­nosed with a dis­ease that’s cur­rently treat­able with um­bil­i­cal cord blood stem cells (an FDA-ap­proved in­di­ca­tion for trans­plan­ta­tion) and must be be­ing treated by a med­i­cal spe­cial­ist who agrees that the stem cells could be used for treat­ment. If el­i­gi­ble, Cry­oSave will en­rol the fam­ily into the cost-free do­na­tion pro­gramme, pro­vide the cord blood col­lec­tion kit, and process and store (cryo-pre­serve) the new­born’s cord blood sam­ple with­out any cost to the fam­ily. For more in­for­ma­tion on Cryo-Save or stem cell stor­age con­tact 087 8080 170 or [email protected]

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