How long has cord blood banking been in practice?
In October of 1988, Matthew Farrow, a then five-year-old with rare blood disorder called Fanconi anemia, made medical history – he received the world’s first transplant with cord blood stem cells. The stem cells he received were acquired from his baby sister’s umbilical cord blood. After the transplant his condition improved dramatically and he did not develop HVGD.
Since the time of Matthew’s transplant, stem cell research has helped to transform medicine. Today, more than 80 diseases are treated and CURED through the use of cord blood stem cell transplants!
To date, more than 30,000 cord blood transplants have been performed world-wide and more than 2 million cord blood samples are privately stored by families in cord blood banks.