This treatment was pioneered by Professor Joanne Kurtzberg who leads his medical team. She has completed a clinical trial which has demonstrated that in some cases, an infusion of stem cells from umbilical cord blood can improve the functional abilities of children with cerebral palsy.
Before acceptance into Dr Kurtzberg’s programme, both our Netcells baby and his unit of cord blood had to undergo various assessments.
His unit had to comply with the quality standards set by the medical team and the federal regulations governing transport, processing and administration of blood and blood products in the United States. We’re happy to report that we passed these assessments with flying colours, thanks to the stringent procedures followed by our laboratory staff every single day, and our international accreditation through the AABB – the American Association of Blood Banks.
It has been a year since we released South Africa’s first unit of cord blood. Since then, clinical trials and research in the field of regenerative medicine have continued to show extraordinary promise. You’ll find more information about clinical trials underway here.
Please join us in sending best wishes to our Netcells baby and his family for a safe trip to the US, and a successful treatment.