It has become a known fact that umbilical cord blood is a very powerful medicine. The stem cells in the cord blood have been used to treat life threatening disease like blood and immune disorders. 4 million babies are born each year, so think how many people with acute diseases will be cured from the stem cells of these babies, if given.
Stem cells from the newborn are at the forefront of the new approaches to medicine. Currently, FDA approved clinical trials are going on to study the use of newborn cord blood stem cells to treat diseases like cerebral palsy, acquired hearing loss and juvenile diabetes.
Stem cells which are present in the cord tissue are being evaluated to treat diseases like liver disease, spinal cord injury and heart disease. Parents have only one chance to save their newborn's umbilical cord stem cells.