The World’s First Cord Blood Recipient Delivers Life-Saving Cord Blood to 2-year-old Leukaemia Patient

First Cord Blood

Matthew Farrow, the world’s first ever umbilical cord blood recipient, has personally delivered a life-saving cord blood sample to a 2-year-old leukaemia patient from Orlando, Florida.   Matthew’s receives the world’s first cord blood transplant Matthew was five years old when his parents made the brave decision to allow an international team of medics to use a cord blood stem cell transplant to treat their son’s Fanconi Anaemia, a life limiting inherited bone marrow failure syndrome (IBMFS). Children with Fanconi Anaemia suffer from a range of symptoms including bleeding and…

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Leukaemia and stem cell transplantation

Leukaemia – cord blood stem cell transplantation - cellplan

Leukaemia is a cancer of the blood. There are around 9,500 new cases of leukaemia in the UK every year.[i] Leukaemia usually starts in the bone marrow, where  blood cells are made. It leads to the overproduction of abnormal white blood cells, the part of the immune system that normally defends the body against infection. In healthy people, stem cells (haemopoietic stem cells, or HSCs) in the bone marrow divide to produce more stem cells or immature cells that become mature blood cells over time. Bone marrow stem cells can…

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