ORLANDO, Fla., July 27, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank team member and the world's first cord blood transplant recipient, Matthew Farrow, had a lifesaving transplant using the cord blood that was collected after the birth of his sister, Allison.
Matthew was treated in 1988 for the life-threatening disease, Fanconi's Anemia, with a groundbreaking transplant performed in Paris, France by Eliane Gluckman M.D, Ph.D. Matthew's doctor was Joanne Kurtzberg, M.D. of Duke University. Hal Broxmeyer, Ph.D, the pioneering scientist who determined that the stem cells in cord blood could be cryopreserved and then used to treat diseases, banked Allison's cord blood for Matthew's transplant. "I am so thankful for Dr. Broxmeyer's discovery and the care given to me by these wonderful scientists and doctors," said Matthew. Matthew is now 32 years old, married, and a father himself thanks to this pioneering medical breakthrough.
Yesterday, Matthew's sister, Allison Farrow, had the joy of giving birth to her first baby. After experiencing firsthand the lifesaving capability of cord blood, it was an easy decision for Allison to save her baby's cord blood. "The choice to store our baby's cord blood with CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank was never even a question. CORD:USE is led and directed by the doctors and scientists that saved my brother's life and changed the future of my entire family," said Allison.
Since that first transplant years ago, more than 35,000 transplants have been performed, and over 70 diseases have been treated with cord blood stem cells. In addition, a great deal of research is currently underway investigating the use of cord blood for the treatment of other diseases and conditions such as Autism, Cerebral Palsy, and Diabetes, to name a few.
About CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, Inc.
CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank, headquartered in Orlando, Florida, operates both leading high quality public and family cord blood banks. CORD:USE Cord Blood Bank has entered into agreements with hospitals across the country to provide mothers the option to donate their babies' cord blood. CORD:USE Public Cord Blood Bank is one of the highest quality cord blood banks that has been chosen and partially funded by HRSA of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, to help build the National Cord Blood Inventory. CORD:USE Family Cord Blood Bank uses the same highly advanced technologies to protect cord blood as does their public bank. No other family cord blood bank uses the combination of highly advanced technologies utilized by CORD:USE to protect cord blood. For more information, please visit our website www.corduse.com
Contact: Michael Ernst, 1-407-667-3000, [email protected]
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