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How stem cell treatments have really helped.

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How stem cell treatment can help with Sickle Cell Anaemia

When Carol Mulumba was just three weeks old she was diagnosed with Sickle Cell Anaemia. Sickle Cell Anaemia is a hereditary blood disorder common in Black, Asian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean heritage. The red blood cells in Sickle Cell Anaemia have an abnormal sickle shape, hence the name. Sickle cells do not move as freely through the blood vessels and can cause blockages which result in severe pain. In the UK, those with African and Caribbean heritage are most commonly affected by Sickle Cell Anaemia. The only cure for sickle cell anaemia is a stem cell transplant. Carol’s parents…

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How stem cell treatment can help with leukaemia

When Keegan Doheney was two years old he was diagnosed with leukaemia; a cancer affecting cells in the blood. Thankfully, doctors were able to get his cancer into remission. While his family remained optimistic about the future they were aware that there was the possibility of a relapse. When Keegan’s mother Wendy became pregnant again she decided to bank the baby’s cord blood. Speaking about the decision to bank her son Keldan’s cord blood Wendy said, “Keegan was in great shape, went through all his chemo and came out healthy. So I never thought in my wildest dreams that we would need it…

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  • Anyone interested in the future of medicine
  • Parents of young children
  • Students of stem cell research
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How stem cell treatment can help with paediatric stroke

Shelley Connelly had a fantastic pregnancy with her daughter, Peyton. Nevertheless, Shelley decided to bank her daughter’s cord blood. Unfortunately, days before her first birthday Peyton became ill; when Shelley went to stand Peyton up in her cot she “just fell over”. Peyton had a very large tumour which needed to be removed immediately. The doctors then broke further devastating news that Peyton had suffered a massive stroke and that there was nothing they could do. The lasting effects of a paediatric stroke can be life-changing —especially in those who develop a long term brain injury or…

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  • Parents of young children
  • Students of stem cell research
  • Anyone interested in the future of medicine
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How stem cell treatment can help in cases of neuroblastoma

Frances Everall was born in 2002 when cord blood banking was relatively new. However, her parents saw the value it could hold and decided to store her cord blood, although they never expected to need it. When Frances was four years old she was diagnosed with stage 4 neuroblastoma. It was a devastating diagnosis. One of the early options put forward to her parents was to take her home to die as the cancer was so advanced. Neuroblastoma is a rare type of childhood cancer which predominantly affects children under the age of five. Neuroblastoma originates in nerve cells which are in early…

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  • Parents of young children
  • Students of stem cell research
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How stem cell treatment can help with Diamond-Blackfan anaemia

It was clear immediately after his birth that something was not right with Dillon Low. The delivery room was quiet. Within 10 minutes his parents were informed that he needed a blood transfusion. After a series of tests it was confirmed that Dillon had Diamond-Blackfan anaemia - a rare, inherited blood disorder caused by the bone marrow’s failure to create red blood cells. Red blood cells play an important role in the body as they carry oxygen. A lack of these cells can cause fatigue and pale skin along with other symptoms. Dillon would spend a large amount of time at hospital undergoing…

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  • Students of stem cell research
  • Parents of young children
  • Anyone interested in the future of medicine
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How stem cell treatment can work on acquired brain injuries

When Tonya Morris was pregnant with her fifth child she learned about the benefits of cord blood banking for the first time. Knowing the potential benefits it could hold for her family she decided it was the right decision for her baby and family. Tonya gave birth to a healthy little girl named Sparrow, but when Sparrow was just 20 months old the unthinkable happened. Sparrow fell into a pool of water and almost drowned, she was without a pulse for an estimated 47 minutes. The doctors prepared her family for the worst; her brain had been so starved of oxygen she was unlikely to survive…

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  • Parents of young children
  • Students of stem cell research
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