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Could premature babies benefit from their own cord blood stem cells?

Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn deaths (babies in the first four weeks of life) and the second leading cause of infant mortality (within the first year of life), after congenital abnormalities. It’s also the second leading cause of death after pneumonia in children under the age of five. A premature baby is a…

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‘It’s cheaper than my TV and I never thought we’d use it’

Just hours after Bailey was born, her mother Rebecca noticed she was moving strangely. Despite initially being given the all clear, a brain scan was performed by the paediatric neurology team shortly after Bailey left hospital. The results showed that she had suffered a stroke in utero. The doctors believe that a piece of placenta had travelled through…

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Phoenix rises & laughs – thanks to cord blood reinfusion

After little Phoenix Suttie suffered a brain injury at his birth in Auckland in 2012 – his mum and dad were told he would never walk or talk. But his parents Jason and Arna refused to accept that outcome – at least not without a fight. And because they had banked his cord blood at…

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Results of US study – using cord blood to treat autism – due early 2014

A leading US paediatric neurologist, who is conducting an FDA approved trial using cord blood to treat autism expects to have the results by early 2014. Dr Michael Chez, director of paediatric neurology at Sutter Neuroscience Institute in Sacramento, Calif., began the FDA approved trial in August 2012 and said they have high hopes it will…

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Joy after sorrow for family after Doha fire tragedy

A year after tragically losing their two-year-old triplets in a fire in a Doha mall, local family Martin and Jane Weekes welcomed their new babies into the world. Born on July 30, the twins were a very special addition to the family and their arrival was celebrated by us all. Proud father Martin described their…

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New baby boy for Emily Sanson-Rejouis – three years after Haitian earthquake devastation

In 2010, New Zealander Emily Sanson-Rejouis and her husband Emmanuel were in Haiti working for the UN peace-keeping mission when they faced incomprehensible tragedy. A massive earthquake claimed the lives of over 300,000 people including Emily’s husband and two of their three young daughters, Kofie-Jade (5yrs) and Zenzie (3yrs). Thankfully little Alyahna (who was only one year old at the time)…

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Little girl writes her name for the first time after cord blood reinfusion

Grace was a happy, healthy little girl – until complications during oral surgery at two years old caused a major brain injury. She was diagnosed with hypertonic cerebral palsy, which left her weak and barely able to move. Fortunately, Grace’s cord blood was stored at birth, so she was able to receive life-changing cord blood…

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The Healing Cell – an exciting new book about the power of stem cells

This week at CordBank we are very excited about ‘The Healing Cell: How the Greatest Revolution in Medical History is Changing your Life’ – a new book about the incredible powers of stem cells. Its is written by Dr. Robin L Smith, Msgr. Tomasz Trafny and Dr. Max, all incredibly important people in the stem…

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