Just a few months after Asia was born, her parents noticed that something wasn’t right. She had problems with holding objects, her movements weren’t fluid and she seemed to be falling behind with other developmental milestones. After many failed investigations at different practitioners, Asia was finally diagnosed with mild spastic tetraplegia due to a lack of oxygen at birth.
At only four years old, Henrique is the first person in Portugal to receive an infusion of his own cord blood stem cells, in what’s known as an autologous cord blood transplant. The stem cells were used to successfully put Henrique in remission from severe aplastic anaemia.
A recently published paper in the Stem Cell Research & Therapy medical journal shows that umbilical cord tissue can provide large volumes of stem cells over a prolonged period. In theory, this means that people with stored cord tissue could have more stem cells available to them for multiple treatments.
A three-year-old girl has received treatment for cerebral palsy (CP), using her baby brother’s cord blood stem cells. The sample was taken from their mother’s umbilical cord at birth and stored with Future Health Biobank, at our Swiss storage facility.