How many babies are born each day? About 11, 000 a day in the U.S., based on CDC figures. Here is a great story about a newborn with a brain injury that was successfully treated with a cord blood stem cell transplant. And here is another story of a little seven year old boy who is getting cord stem cell transplants for his diabetes. Fortunately, his parents saved the cord blood after his birth and now it is being used to treat his illness. Since the stem cells found in umbilical cord blood are rich and useful for the baby later on if needed, it is no wonder many states are setting up cord blood banks. Last year, President Bush passed bi-partisan legislation which established a national cord blood database. Arizona boasts the largest cord blood facility for newborn stem cells.
- Jennifer Lahl, MA, BSN, RN, is founder and president of The Center for Bioethics and Culture Network. Lahl couples her 25 years of experience as a pediatric critical care nurse, a hospital administrator, and a senior-level nursing manager with a deep passion to speak for those who have no voice. Lahl’s writings have appeared in various publications including Cambridge University Press, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Dallas Morning News, and the American Journal of Bioethics. As a field expert, she is routinely interviewed on radio and television including ABC, CBS, PBS, and NPR. She is also called upon to speak alongside lawmakers and members of the scientific community, even being invited to speak to members of the European Parliament in Brussels to address issues of egg trafficking; she has three times addressed the United Nations during the Commission on the Status of Women on egg and womb trafficking.
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