Baby Brother’s Umbilical Cord Cures Sister of Sickle Cell Anemia
Just days after Lucky Mulumba gave birth to her first child Carol, she learned her baby had sickle cell anemia.
“Doctors said she had the most severe type and they told me she would have a hard life. Some doctors told me she would not live past ten years,” said Lucky Mulumba.
Two years later she learned she was pregnant with her second child Mark. Her doctor suggested she bank his umbilical cord blood in the event one day it might be used to help Carol.
Cord Blood Registry, based in San Bruno, California, paid for Mark’s cord blood to be stored and saved as part of a free program called “Newborn Possibilities.” Meanwhile Carol, now 10 years old, struggled through daily pain as her condition worsened.
Find out Mark’s umbilical cord saved his sister’s life at theGrio.com.
Parents out there, did you save your child’s umbilical cord? Do you think this procedure will become more and more common in the future?
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