The Celebration of a Baby’s Birth … A Gift of Life to Another!
This precious gift of life, the blood from the umbilical cord, used to be routinely discarded after the birth of a baby. Today, this gift can be collected after the baby’s birth and donated to a public cord blood bank to help someone with a life-threatening disease (mainly leukemia).
More about the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (from the brochure they gave me)
The Singapore Cord Blood Bank is Singapore’s only non-profit public cord blood bank. Officially opened in September 2005, and was set-up in response to a demand for unrelated donor umbilical cord blood for transplantation therapy by Haematologists (doctors who specialise in study of blood) and Paediatrician (doctors who specialise in children’s diseases) in Singapore.
At present, the chances of a Singaporean finding a potentially life-saving stem cell match are slim. While there are a large number of donors of Caucasian origin in bone marrow and cord blood registries around the world, 65% – 80% of Asians worldwide are currently unable to find a match. As a result, many Singaporeans and patients in Asia succumb to diseases that might otherwise be treated with a blood stem cell transplant.
With this national resource (for cord blood), over 100 patients have been given a chance of survival in Singapore and around the world.
According to staff advocate from Singapore Cord Blood Bank, Singapore Cord Blood Bank is the only public blood bank which has the most Asian based cord blood.
7 Steps to Cord Blood Donations
Of course, the donated cord blood will be used to save lives of those who needed it.
For Expectant mothers, it is up to you to decide whether you want to donate your baby’s cord blood and for those mothers who have donated their baby’s cord blood, do share your experiences.
Visit http://www.scbb.com.sg/Pages/Home.aspx for more informations & learn more about how cord blood helps in saving lives.
Visit their facebook page @ https://www.facebook.com/thescbb to be their fan & spread this cause to other people.
You can contact Singapore Cord Blood Bank @ (65) 63945011 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any enquiries.
If you wish to make financial contributions to Singapore Cord Blood Bank, you can visit http://www.scbb.com.sg/SiteCollectionDocuments/SCBB_Takeone_Donation.pdf & download the form and send it to:
SINGAPORE CORD BLOOD BANK
KK Women’s & Children’s Hospital
100 Bukit Timah Road, Women’s Tower Basement 1,
Unit OB60A, Singapore 229899
Tax deductible receipts from SingHealth Foundation are available for donations in support of the Singapore Cord Blood Bank.
Many lives are being saved with Cord Blood available. Hope you all will consider to save more lives by donating cord blood. As what I know, it is difficult to find a matching bone marrow compared to usage of cord blood to treat diseases. I am sharing this with all my readers as I hope more lives can be saved too (using cord blood than throwing away) and this move will be meaningful. Don’t you think so?
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