Cdl. Glennon Hospital ships 1,000th unit of cord blood

Unit number 1,000 was packed up, loaded on a courier’s truck and shipped out — to help save someone’s life.

The St. Louis Cord Blood Bank at SSM Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center celebrated on Oct. 10 the 1,000th export of a unit of cord blood to be used for transplant.

Established in 1995, the St. Louis Cord Blood Bank is considered the second-largest independent public cord blood bank in the world, according to bank manager Donna Regan.

The bank collects, processes and stores blood donated from an infant’s umbilical cord. The stem cells from that blood eventually are used in the transplantation of hematopoietic cells, which are used to make human blood and build up a person’s immune system.

In addition, the bank is treating illnesses with stem cells in a manner considered morally acceptable by the Catholic Church. The Church has repeatedly noted that using adult stem cells — including those from umbilical cord blood — for research and treatments is good, because it does not bring harm to the person from which the cells are derived.

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