With so many diseases cropping up and taking life away before it should end, talks about cord blood stem cell is becoming more and more prevalent. However, this remains a question. For a lot of people, the cost may be too high but when we are talking about saving a life, when is the cost too high?
A Readily Available Supply of Stored Haematopoietic Stem Cells. In the event of an already time-critical situation where stem cells are required for a transplant, having your child's cord blood stored compares well to having to do a national or international search which is both costly and time-consuming.
This is what Cordlife is all about. Cordlife Philippines has been in the country for 10 years which is a huge milestone. The greatest breakthrough has been making the decision to start. They took a chance and made a choice that proved to be right.
The cord blood processing and storage facility they have has a storage capacity of 30,000 cord blood and cord lining units. It is built in accordance to global cord standards to give local families peace of mind.
The cost may be high but the benefit is priceless.
According to CordLife Singapore:
A guaranteed match for autologous transplants (where the donor and recipient are the same individual).
Autologous stem cell transplants refer to transplants where the donor and recipient of the stem cells are the same individual. The cord blood that you are storing for your baby today is a potential medical resource for the future, and does not require stringent matching as opposed to conventional bone marrow stem cell transplants. About 70% of patients who need a transplant are unable to find a suitable match within the family1.
A Readily Available Supply of Stored Haematopoietic Stem Cells.
In the event of an already time-critical situation where stem cells are required for a transplant, having your child’s cord blood stored compares well to having to do a national or international search which is both costly and time-consuming. The cost of procuring a cord blood sample in Singapore can cost up to $75,0002, and that is, if a match is found.
Lower risk of Graft vs. Host Disease (GvHD) for autologous transplants.
Graft vs. Host Disease refers to a common complication where the transplanted tissue attacks the patient's own tissue. This disease will usually occur in transplants when the donor and recipient are different.
Ease of collection, which is pain-free and risk-free to both mother and child.
Cord blood collection is a relatively easy task, which is handled by your own delivering doctor (OBGYN). This process does not affect the birthing process in any way and can be done on both natural and c-section births.
Umbilical cord blood stem cells are younger and more primitive.
In comparison to other types of stem cells obtained from other sources, e.g. bone marrow and peripheral blood, umbilical cord stem cells are able to grow healthy blood stem cells at a faster rate and are also more tolerant to HLA mismatches.
In a recent event held in Manila, blogging Moms were given the chance to understand why this is necessary especially for those who are still planning on having another child. Since more and more families are now availing of this, Cord Life Philippines is now extending it's services to Visayas and Mindanao.
With a firm belief that their services may offer life changing and life saving therapeutic options for families in the future, their commitment to continuously offer quality services will never be compromised. To know more about them, you may visit their site.