Life is unpredictable. When you face a health crisis, especially with chronic and irreversible ailments, it seems all planning and cautions have no use. Thanks to the advent of modern science and technology, you can secure your loved ones’ health in several ways. Cord blood banking is one of the ways that is gaining significant popularity because of its growing success rate.
Also known as cord blood stem cell transplantation, it tends to be a miracle remedy for those diseases that health practitioners used to consider dead-end previously. The Healthcare industry has been using Umbilical Cord Blood or UCB as a rich source to obtain cord blood stem cells for the last many years. It is a successful practice to treat those children suffering from homological malignancies.
Currently, many institutions are researching possible ways to make cord blood banking acceptable. They aim to address those complex diseases that usually do not accept transplantation without leaving side effects on the patient. Some of these ailments are Kostmann’s Syndrome and sickle cell diseases that are hard to treat without undergoing transplantation.
When your baby is born, the doctor will collect cord blood from the umbilical cord and the placenta. It is a simple process and does not cause any pain or risk to the newborn or the mother. Cells obtained from the cord blood have Haematopoietic Stem Cells or HSCs, which one can get from bone marrow as well. These cells can produce every type of blood cells, including platelets, white cells, and red cells. They retain blood production throughout life and can be handy in bone marrow transplantation to treat blood-related diseases. Many reports suggest that cord blood may also have specific cells that create stem cells not belonging to the blood. This matter is still debatable and many researchers are working on it.