Cord Blood Donor
Medical City is the only cord blood donor in North Texas. Why is that important? Umbilical cord blood, which is normally discarded after the birth of a baby, is rich in blood-making cells that can be used as an alternative to bone marrow transplants for treating cancers, such as leukemia and lymphoma, disorders of the blood-making system (such as sickle-cell anemia), and severe immune-system disorders. Many lives are saved thanks to the public cord bank.
There is no cost to parents associated with donating, and the cord blood will help build a state-wide cord blood bank that captures the vast ethnic diversity of Texans, as ethnicity plays a key role in finding a suitable genetic match for patients.
How It Works
Women delivering at Medical City can opt to complete a brief screening questionnaire similar to one necessary when donating blood. For those who are eligible to donate, the delivery proceeds normally with the physician simply draining cord blood from the umbilical cord and placenta shortly after the baby is delivered. Physicians traditionally collect cord blood samples in order for the hospital to determine blood type and run basic tests before discarding the umbilical cord and placenta. The collected cord blood is then transported to the Texas Cord Blood bank, a division of the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, in San Antonio.