Today's edition of the Detroit Free Press features a long story on stem cell rich umbilical cord blood.
"Most hospitals discard cord blood after a baby's birth, despite the fact that the blood contains stem cells that can be used in transplants for as many as 80 serious medical problems...
But in March 1999, Allison's cancer recurred. Her only choice was a stem cell or bone marrow transplant.
Luckily for her, no one had claimed her brother's cord blood in the four years it was frozen and stored at the Karmanos registry. He also was a perfect match and though he was small at birth, just 6 pounds, the cord blood was enough for a transplant.
It worked. Month after month, Allison's health improved.
She has been free of cancer since."