Isaac Coutté received cord blood and bone marrow transplants from his younger sister, Eunice, at far left. Between them sits their mother, Edna.
A successful transplant requires a nearly identical donor match. Sadly, 60,000 people die each year without ever finding a donor. To prevent this, Bert Lubin, MD, senior vice president, research, at Children’s Hospital & Research Center Oakland, established the only nonprofit sibling-donor cord blood program in the world.
Funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program serves families throughout the United States who want to save umbilical cord blood for their children when there is a specific medical indication for banking. Participation in the program does not require commitment to transplantation.
The program organizes collection and transportation of cord blood to a cryopreservation laboratory for storage until requested. The unit is shipped to the transplantation center after a written request is received.
What is cord blood?
Cord blood is the blood remaining in the placenta and umbilical cord after a baby is delivered. This blood contains cells usually found in the bone marrow. Cord blood can serve as an alternative source of tissue for people who need a bone marrow transplant. Cord blood transplants may not require complete tissue typing compatibility.
Why should cord blood be saved?
If you currently have a child with a transplant-treatable condition, a cord blood transplant may provide hope for a cure. Cord blood collection is a safe procedure.
To find out if you are eligible, or to learn more about the Sibling Donor Cord Blood Program, click here.
Cord blood processing services are conducted by ViaCord
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Pacific Standard Time: 6 a.m - 2 p.m
Outside US: 1-617-914-3900