The Cord Connection
A Publication of the Rhode Island Umbilical Cord Blood Bank
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Donating Umbilical Cord Blood
As of September 15, 2013, the Rhode Island Blood Center ended its public umbilical cord blood collection program at Women & Infants Hospital.
The program started on May 9, 2009 as a collaboration between Women & Infants Hospital, Community Blood Services and Rhode Island Blood Center.
During the past four years, 5,427 umbilical cord blood donations were collected, and 11 umbilical cord blood donations transplanted to patients in need.
We thank the Rhode Island Community for contributing to the program's success. If you are interested in donating your baby's umbilical cord blood, Click here
RI Successes - 11 Umbilical Cord Blood Units Transplanted
|Date Released For Transplant||Recipient Age/Sex/Ethnicity/Diagnosis|
|09/07/10||9 yr.old/Female/Minority/Severe Aplastic Anemia|
|02/28/11||6 yr.old/Female/Caucasian/AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)|
|06/06/11||6 yr.old/Male/Caucasian/Fanconi Anemia|
|09/06/11||37 yr.old/Female/Caucasian/AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)|
|10/25/11||33 yr.old/Male/Minority/AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)|
|12/14/11||1 yr.old/Male/Minority/Omenn Syndrome|
|12/15/11||10 mo.old/Female/Minority/SCID (Immune Deficiency)|
|08/21/12||51 yr.old/Male/Minority/AML (Acute Myeloid Leukemia)|
|06/24/13||65 yr.old/Female/Minority/ALL (Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia)|
Umbilical Cord Blood Is Now a Life Saving OptionEvery year, thousands of patients are diagnosed with diseases that can be treated successfully with a marrow stem cell transplant. If lucky, they find a donor within their family. But for the 70% who are without a match, the only hope is the generosity of strangers. Until recently, most transplants came from bone marrow and blood stem cell donors. But even so, not everyone can find that miracle match.
Cord blood collection is a safe and simple procedure. Umbilical cord blood, left over after the birth of a baby, is normally thrown away. This blood is rich in stem cells that can improve the health of a patient suffering from one of more than 70 diseases.
Cord blood can be donated at no cost to you. You can donate your baby's cord blood to a public cord blood bank. It will be processed, tested, frozen and stored. Public cord blood is made available to patients anywhere in the world through the National Marrow Donor Program and other international networks. When a donor is needed, the cord blood is quickly shipped to the patient for transplant without delay. Cord blood transplants save lives. Most of these patients have leukemia, lymphoma, or other blood disorders.
Cord blood can help ethnic minorities. A person's blood stem cell type is inherited, just like our skin and eye color. That means that a patient is more likely to find a matched donor from within their own ethnic group. Patients of African, Asian, Hispanic and Native American Indian backgrounds have a harder time finding a matched donor. Many die waiting. By focusing on the collection and storage of cord blood from ethnic minorities, many present and future patients will be helped.
Due to the special nature of umbilical cord blood cells, a perfect match is not needed.
Advantages of Cord Blood
- Cord blood collection is easy and risk-free for both mother and baby.
- Public cord blood donation is free.
- Cord blood that is collected, tested and stored is ready to use when a patient needs it.
- Cord blood can help MORE minority patients because it doesn't require a perfect match.
- Cord blood recipients are at a lower risk for certain complications.
- Cord blood is important in medical research and will play an even more vital role in the future.
If you would like to donate your baby's umbilical cord blood, please consider doing so through Lifebank USA, or you can contact other public cord blood banks found on the internet to learn about their programs. Lifebank USA can be reached through http://www.lifebankusa.com or 877-543-3226.