Presently, the medical world is buzzing with cord blood cell or stem cell transplant success stories! For its multiple set of benefits, the blood from the umbilical cord gets acclaimed as a regenerative medicine which helps to repair tissues and cells. Today, regenerative medicine is considered to be an essential subject in medical science which will have the key to cure irreversible diseases. The blood from the umbilical cord comprises of a rich source of stem cells that is helpful in this treatment. There are several clinical trials that have been phased to research on the application of cord blood stem cells to chronic ailments and their possible treatments.
The present records state that there are more than 80 diseases that are treatable using cord blood stem cells. It has been shown to treat:
- Metabolic disorders
- Blood related diseases
- Immunological ailments
However, nothing encourages more to the seekers of stem cell transplant other than the success stories about fighters of fatal diseases, who combated it all with faith, hope, courage and by selecting the right stem cell bank.
Success Story 1
Erik Haines had been detected with Globoid Cell Leukodystrophy, which is also known as Krabbe disease at the age of 2. This followed when after the sad demise of his brother who was suffering from a similar condition. However, doctors were able to treat this condition with the usage of cord blood stem cells. Erik’s situation wasn’t as critical as his brother, which made the doctors take a call on an early treatment.
Though a cord blood stem cell transplant was the ideal choice for Eric, doctors weren’t able to locate any acceptable donors of bone marrow. During his time cord blood cell transplants was a new medical feat and needed an exact bone marrow match. However, finally the doctors could find a match in a bank in New York and the process was completed. After this Eric was admitted in the University Of Minnesota Hospital for a span of 26 days. After that the doctors declared that he is treated well and his disease had already shown signs of healing in a remarkable way. Erik is leading a healthy and happy life today post the treatment.
Success Story 2
This story is about Anthony Dones, who got diagnosed with osteoporosis, when he was at a tender age of 4, which made his bones brittle and caused them to break. To heal this issue when he was just a baby stem cell therapy was the only medically viable choice. His doctors went ahead with the treatment process first by searching at the cord blood banks to search for a matching donor.
As a couple of weeks passed by, the doctors chanced upon a suitable match and then Anthony got hospitalized back in December 2002. For 8 days he was given chemotherapy to minimize the percentage of harmful body cells. Post that the transplant took place. Anthony after the transplant had to stay in the hospital for close to 2 months. Next year 2003, during the last half of January Anthony’s blood cell levels got completely stabilized and he was then discharged from the hospital.
Today, Anthony is leading a normal life happily with this family and his family. The best part is Anthony’s family had stored his cord blood with a private bank during his birth. However, the cord blood cell that was donated when his transplant was taking place was more efficient. However, Anthony’s family also came up with the decision to have his stored cord blood donated to a clinical research team that is studying the impact of stem cells on osteoporosis.
All these success stories about courageous individuals who decided to fight their ailment with cord blood transplant gives hope and also the motivation to opt in for cord blood banking and donation.