questions? call us free at  0800.267.322

Murrieta boy to receive rare cord blood transplant

Murrieta boy to receive rare cord blood transplant

Ricky-Martinez

Ricky Martinez, a 9-year-old Murrieta boy with a rare anemia, has undergone a procedure to transplant his own cord blood.

Last August, Ricky was diagnosed with aplastic anemia, a condition in which the bone marrow ceases to produce blood cells.

Ricky had been receiving weekly blood transfusions to treat the condition, but doctors recommended a bone marrow transplant to help restore his immune system. Instead, they found Ricky’s own blood from his umbilical cord, banked at birth and stored in a medical facility.

Cord blood contains stem cells —- undifferentiated cells that can spur production of healthy tissue to help treat various diseases. Doctors believed it could jump-start Ricky’s bone marrow, allowing his body to resume normal blood production.

Ready to get started?

Register with CordBank before your baby is born to collect stem cells at birth.

payment-logos

(Phone) 0800 CORDBANK or +64 9 302 9511 · (Fax) +64 9 302 9516
PO Box 68757, Wellesley Street, Auckland 1141
© CordBank New Zealand, 2004 – 2017

Still need help to decide if cord blood banking is right for you? Get our: