“Three months ago, Maia Friedlander, 4, was locked in her own world. Despite six hours of therapy a day for three years, Maia – who was born six weeks premature – struggled to talk, walk properly or even chew her food without choking.
While her twin sister, Ariel, hit all her developmental milestones about six months early, Maia did not learn to crawl till she was three.”
Maia was treated at Duke in the U.S. using her own umbilical cord blood stem cells!
Very cool story here ~ We at the CBC are hosting a one-day conference May 2, 2009 in San Francisco, “Banking On Life” which will focus on the advances and successes in umbilical cord blood stem cell research. One of our speakers will be Dr. James Baumgartner, who will be presenting his research using umbilical cord blood stem cells to treat pediatric neuro diseases.
Join us for this important conference!
- Jennifer Lahl 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.