Cord Blood is Like Health Insurance
Wednesday, March 29th 2006
Olivia Hageman's parents have invested in a new type of bank account.
Troy and Gina Hageman have preserved Olivia's umbilical cord blood in Cordbank.
The blood can be used to treat Olivia, 14 weeks old, if she ever develops one of more than 45 life-threatening illnesses, including Leukaemia and Hodgkin's disease.
Mrs Hageman says she found out about Cordbank while she was visiting a specialist and discussed it with her husband. The pair agreed the investment was a good idea.
People involved in the scheme pay to have their babies umbilical cords stored.
It was a really easy decision to make. We decided that really we couldn't not do it. It's so easy and valuable," Mrs Hageman says.
Umbilical cord blood is unusually rich in stem cells that are an exact DNA match for the baby. The cells can be used in the treatment of many cancers and blood diseases and the stored blood should last at least 30 years.
Cordbank was set up last year.
Collecting cord blood is a quick, simple and painless process involving the collection of residue blood from the severed umbilical cord.
"There are so many benefits if your child ever does get sick," Mrs Hageman says.
"We certainly hope we never have to use it. But it's nice to know it's there if we do have to.
"We just look at it as a health insurance".
Mrs Hageman wishes she could have done the same for her son, Mitchell, when he was born five years ago.
Your kids are so precious and you'll do anything to make sure they stay healthy."
Information, visit: www.cordbank.co.nz or phone: 0800 CORDBANK (0800 267 322).
Source; North Shore Times, 12 June 2003
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