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15December2018

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Give the gift of hope

Stem cells save lives. At your baby’s birth, you have the choice to discard them as medical waste, or to bank them. Make an informed choice.

Six stem cell facts

1. Stem cell transplantation is an accepted medical practice that saves lives
Stem cells continuously replace dead or diseased cells with healthy ones to maintain a normal functioning body. When these cells fail to function, blood stem cell transplantations are performed.

More than one million blood stem cell transplants, have been performed around the world in the last 50 years, and umbilical cord stem cells are used in more than a third of these. Giving hope and life to people with bone marrow failures, blood cancers, blood disorders, metabolic diseases, immune deficiencies and autoimmune diseases.

2. Best time to collect stem cells is at birth
Stem cells age as we age, so the best time to collect blood stem cells is at birth. These cells have not been exposed to pollution and poor lifestyle choices and these younger, healthier cells can therefore offer greater therapeutic possibilities and better transplant outcomes.

3. Stem cells from umbilical cord blood don’t need to be a 100% match for transplants
Although your baby’s umbilical cord blood stem cells are a 100% perfect match for own use, there is a 25% probability for a 100% match for siblings. However, unlike bone marrow transplants, you often don’t need a 100% match using cord blood stem cells, which means the probability of finding a suitable donor is so much greater.

4. Stem cell collection is a safe medical procedure
Collecting stem cells from an umbilical cord is quick, painless and non-invasive, posing no medical risk to mother or baby as it is performed after birth. It is possible to combine it with delayed cord clamping and can be done at both vaginal and caesarean deliveries.

5. You can store your second child’s stem cells if you didn’t store for your first child
Because cord blood stem cells do not require a perfect match for transplant, the likelihood that siblings will be a match is much higher. Therefore, storing your second child’s stem cells has the possibility, depending on the degree of matching, to treat other children or immediate family members, should a stem cell transplant be required.

6. Stem cell storage is affordable and available in South Africa
Cryo-Save has been storing umbilical cord stem cells for families all over the world since 2000. It is the leading family stem cell bank in Europe and ranked fifth most influential cord blood bank in the world by BioInformant. Cryo-Save South Africa offers both local and international storage options in either Pretoria or Europe for both cord blood and cord tissue. This local laboratory complies with the highest international accreditation standards.

Cryo-Save offers multiple cost options and interest-free payment plans from as little as R273.00 per month to store umbilical cord blood and tissue.

For more info visit: www.cryo-save.co.za