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Canada Chinese New Year baby’s B.C. family gives gift of life in cord-blood donation

09:05  03 february  2020
09:05  03 february  2020 Source:   vancouversun.com

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Donating your baby ’ s cord blood can help patients with blood diseases like leukemia and lymphoma get the A transplant replaces the patient’s unhealthy blood-forming cells with new , healthy ones. Cord blood donation is completely safe for you and your baby . Blood is collected from the umbilical

Cord blood is easier to match than bone marrow because the young cells in cord blood are naïve and able to graft Shpall says many parents believe that saving their baby ' s cord blood privately will give them a chance to use His cure, via a cord blood transplant, has gifted him with a new lease on life .

a man and a woman sitting in a room: Jack Chieh and Yinnie Wong with their baby boy, born last Friday (Chinese New Year). The couple donate her baby's cord blood to the cord blood bank at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.© Handout Jack Chieh and Yinnie Wong with their baby boy, born last Friday (Chinese New Year). The couple donate her baby's cord blood to the cord blood bank at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre.

Yinnie Wong and Jack Chieh’s six-pound, 13-ounce baby boy — as yet unnamed — was born on an auspicious day, Jan. 24, Chinese New Year, and he’s already doing good in the world.

“Everyone was really happy, it is supposed to be a lucky day,” said Wong.

Although the birth was a planned C-section, Wong had no control over the date hospital administrators chose for the birth. What she did have control over was the choice to donate her baby’s cord blood to the cord blood bank at B.C. Women’s Hospital & Health Centre, which has just celebrated its fifth anniversary.

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cord - blood reserve for transplants and research. When parents decide to donate their baby ' s cord New awareness campaigns are encouraging parents to donate these potentially lifesaving cells, and In addition, through Cord Blood Registry's Designated Treatment Program, families who have an

Chinese New Year is the Chinese festival that celebrates the beginning of a new year on the traditional Chinese calendar. The festival is commonly referred to as the Spring Festival in China as

Cord blood is blood that is taken from the umbilical cord and placenta immediately after the birth of a healthy infant. Cord blood is rich in stem cells, and can be used to treat over 80 diseases, including leukemia.

According to Canadian Blood Services, ethnically diverse donors are especially needed because although Stats Canada data shows 67.7 per cent of Canadians consider their ethnic origin to be diverse, only 31 per cent of Canadians with blood in Canada’s stem-cell registry are from ethnically diverse backgrounds.

Crystal Nguyen, 20, is a former B.C. Children’s Hospital patient whose life was saved by a stem-cell transplant from donated cord blood. Nguyen was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 12. After chemo, she went into remission for almost three years. Then the cancer returned. She was told she needed a bone-marrow transplant.

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Earlier this year , Canadian Blood Services launched a campaign called Give Life Twice that encourages new moms to donate their baby ’ s umbilical cord blood through a public blood bank that provides stem cells to people who need it. Umbilical cord blood and the placenta can be used to treat

The blood in your baby ’ s umbilical cord blood can be used to treat patients with blood diseases like leukemia. You could help save a life by donating your To protect your family ’s privacy, the cord blood is identified only by number and never by name. Frozen in a liquid nitrogen freezer and stored.

a person smiling for the camera:  Crystal Nguyen, now 20, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 12. She found a stem-cell match for a needed bone-marrow transplant through the international cord blood bank.© Handout Crystal Nguyen, now 20, was first diagnosed with acute myeloid leukemia at age 12. She found a stem-cell match for a needed bone-marrow transplant through the international cord blood bank.

“When I relapsed I was very confused, it was kind of surreal. The main thing about being told I needed the bone-marrow stem-cell transplant was confusion, fear and anxiety.”

Nguyen is of Vietnamese descent and needed a match to survive. No one in her family was a match, nor was there a stem-cell match in the Canadian cord blood bank, but a match was found thanks to the Canadian Blood Services’ partnerships with 47 international blood banks.

“I was told it came through the international cord blood bank from somewhere very far away,” said Nguyen, who has been in remission since the transplant.

When she learned the stem-cell transplant had been successful, Nguyen, who is now studying to become a pediatric oncology nurse, said it felt too good to be true.

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In cord blood , the blood found inside the umbilical cord after a baby ’ s birth. The transplant collects these stem cells and infuses them into the recipient, where they migrate on their own into the bone marrow and begin the work of creating new blood cells and immune system.

Discover Donate Cord Blood from Cord for Life . A Lifesaving Gift . Stem cells can potentially help save the life of a person in need of a transplant. Give your newborn every advantage with cord blood banking! He is responsible for training medical professionals worldwide in cord blood processing at our Florida location.

“There was a lot of happiness, joy, excitement. Donating cord blood is such a simple way to save a life.”

Although cord blood can be collected and stored for a fee by private companies and reserved for the donor family’s use, cord blood donated through Canadian Blood Services is available free to the public — whoever needs the match.

Wong didn’t hesitate when her son was born. “I felt like I wanted to do it if it helps someone in the public, and  if it could save lives — I would have been very happy to help another child,” said Wong, who is a nurse at B.C. Women’s hospital.

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