• Cord Blood Stem Cells: A New Source of Hope for Cerebral Palsy Patients

    Cerebral palsy patients find a life-saving partner in Cordlife.
  • Georgia Conn before her own umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation

    In the Philippines, there are more patients with Cerebral Palsy1 than those with polio, spinal lesions and other movement disorders combined.

    Cerebral Palsy (CP) affects about 1 to 2% of the total Philippine population. It is considered one of the most difficult types of illnesses to cope with, especially for young children. CP severely impairs the development and use of motor skills.

    Stem cell transplantation has shown encouraging results to treat these diseases. A painless, risk-free and effective source of hematopoietic stem cells (HSCs), umbilical cord blood is a stem cell source duly approved by the Department of Health. Due to its ability to differentiate into various types of cells (red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets), it helps the body in replenishing blood and regenerating the immune system.

    The Story of Baby Georgia

    Although there has only been one cord blood stem cell transplantation conducted locally, more than 30,0002 have been performed worldwide since 1988.

    An accident at birth in 2007 deprived Baby Georgia Connoxygen to her brain, which resulted in cerebral palsy. This caused her to move involuntarily, suffer from muscle spasms and have up to 50 seizures a day. It was only after Cordlife put the family in touch with a renowned neurosurgeon that Georgia was infused with her own stored cord blood. Thanks to Cordlife’s safekeeping, her conditions have improved ever since.

    Georgia Conn after her own umbilical cord blood stem cell transplantation

    "She has better visual focus and eye contact with adults during play. She has more vocalization and tries to 'sing a song' by making different sounds to nursery rhymes. Georgia has improved postural and head control and is observed to be reaching more with her arms," said Ms. Jaclyn Tan, Consultant Occupational Therapist at OzWorks Therapy.

    Georgia Conn's more recent photo with her dad

    A Life-Saving Decision

    Georgia Conn’s parents decided to secure her umbilical cord with Cordlife, a decision that changed all of their lives. Cordlife is Asia’s most respected cord blood bank with more than 12 years of experience and published cord blood release track record for treatment.

    "No parent wishes his or her child to experience the heartbreaking effects of any illness," said Dr. Arvin Faundo, Medical Director of Cordlife Philippines. “What we at Cordlife offer them is the chance to prepare for potential eventualities—to secure the future well-being and happiness of their family.”

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    Locally, Cordlife Philippines offers Filipino parents the same chance to safe keep their baby’s cord blood so that it is readily available when a need arises, as medical technology concerning brain disorders -- among other illnesses -- continually evolve. Having a local processing and storage facility also helps to lower the cost of storage, and these savings are, in turn, passed on to the Cordlife clients.

    Find out the benefits of your baby's cord blood and umbilical cord lining stem cells by calling 470-1735 or 332-1888. You may also check out www.cordlife.ph and Facebook/CordlifePhilippines, or visit Cordlife at Unit 101 Building H, UP-AyalaLand Techno hub, Commonwealth Ave. Diliman, Quezon City.

    References:

    1. Philippine Cerebral Palsy, Inc. About Cerebral Palsy. Retrieved from http://philippinecerebralpalsy.org/about.

    2. Ballen KK, Gluckman E, Broxmeyer HE. Umbilical cord blood transplantation: the first 25 years and beyond. Blood 2013 Jul; Vol 122(4): 491-498.

    3. http://www.cordlife.com/news/pdf_pressReleases/ph_20100629.pdf

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