In the event that a stem cell transplant is required, problems of rejection will be eliminated by using a child’s own cells. Cord blood also has a greater potential to be a match for siblings compared to unrelated donors. Sibling cord blood has been associated with better clinical outcomes and fewer possible complications that may be associated with a third party donor.4
Insception Lifebank offers free cord blood collection and storage for children who have siblings with cerebral palsy. The program aims to ensure as many families as possible have access to potential local or international cord blood trials and treatments.
“Devon was born on December 23, 2003. When Devon was two, we took him to see our family doctor for a routine check-up. When he listened to Devon’s heart he thought that something wasn’t quite right and that maybe he might have a heart murmur. The family doctor referred us to a pediatrician and sent us for blood work. The results came back completely abnormal and we were sent to McMaster Children’s Hospital immediately. With a platelet count of only 6 (a normal range is 150 – 400). Devon was in desperate need of a platelet transfusion.
“Leo was born in Toronto in 2007. All was well until one evening when he was four months old. We were taking photos of our children when we noticed something odd. The flash of the camera had exposed something in Leo’s left eye. Just a day later Leo was diagnosed with retinoblastoma, a childhood eye cancer typically affecting infants and children under 5 years of age.