Every human life has value.

If not for umbilical cord blood, Jessica Berry of Macomb Township is convinced her 5-year-old daughter, Olivia, wouldn’t have survived.

Born four months premature, Olivia weighed only 1 pound, 2 ounces. She required more than 10 blood transfusions, heart surgery and extensive treatment for her eyes and lungs. In all, the infant was hospitalized for the first five months of her life.

Today, Olivia is a healthy girl who loves cartoons and doles out potato chips one by one to her 3-year-old sister, Sophia.

When Berry and her husband, John, were asked to donate her umbilical cord blood upon the Feb. 12 birth of their son, Nicholas, it was a no-brainer.

“If people didn’t donate, Olivia wouldn’t be here today,” the 33-year-old Berry says, overcome with emotion. “Without this stem-cell research, there’s no future, maybe no chance of curing so many diseases.”

March 10th, 2007 at 12:16 am
2 Responses to “Cord Blood Miracle”
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    […] Of course I would not discourage anyone from banking their own UBC blood. It has happened that the parents’ decision to bank their child’s cord blood has lead to a life saving miracle. Some consider it a sort of insurance policy, well worth the money. But for those who can’t afford it or for whom it may not be necessary, donation should also be considered. […]

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    Joy Says:

    Some states have a cord blood registry that is free. If a parent has donated cord blood they then can receive cord blood free if the need arises.