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LifeSouth Celebrates World Cord Blood Day on November 15

Matt Boster

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Posted by: Matt Boster
Date: Nov 13 2018 7:50 AM

Montgomery, Alabama: Every day, mothers around the world  make the choice to donate their umbilical cord blood to a cord blood bank after giving birth. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Cord Blood Bank (part of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers) is working to raise awareness for this life-saving act in honor of World Cord Blood Day on November 15.

Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells. To date, more than 40,000 patients have received cord blood transplants since the procedure was first performed in 1988. Cord blood has surpassed bone marrow as a source for stem cells in transplants. Cord blood transplants can help treat more than 80 blood cancers, genetic diseases and immune system and metabolic disorders, including leukemia, lymphoma and sickle cell anemia.

Local mothers delivering at Baptist Medical Center South, Baptist Medical Center East, Jackson Hospital, East Alabama Medical Center,  have the option to donate their umbilical cord blood to LifeSouth, which is one of only eight cord blood banks in the nation to be licensed by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the first in [Florida/Georgia/Alabama].

“Cord blood donation is a selfless and impactful way to give the gift of life,” said Thomas Moss, Director of LifeSouth Cord Blood Bank. “The donations we receive provide stem cells for the treatment of more than 80 diseases for patients around the world. For patients facing some of the most challenging and complex diseases, these donations can lead to life-saving treatments.”

During a cord blood donation, a medical professional collects the stem cell-rich blood from the umbilical cord after delivery. The process is painless for both the mother and child. There is no fee associated with donating cord blood.

Once a donation has been received and tested, it is securely stored by LifeSouth and added to the National Marrow Donor Program’s Be the Match® Registry. LifeSouth Community Blood Centers Cord Blood Bank is accredited by the Foundation for the Accreditation of Cellular Therapy (FACT).

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