Riding with confidence: a boy’s story of using his own cord blood

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By Kate Girard, R.N. MSN, Director of Medical and Scientific Affairs, ViaCord

It’s no secret that cord blood has a lengthy historical past in transplant medication, is used immediately within the therapy of almost 80 illnesses, and has helped change many lives during the last thirty years.1 Now, because of researchers who’ve been repeatedly working to discover new makes use of for cord blood, its utility has expanded past transplant medication into an space often known as regenerative medication. However how precisely is cord blood being utilized in regenerative medication?

In my final weblog publish, I wrote about a Part I Cord Blood Scientific Trial for youngsters with autism; the encouraging outcomes have been revealed earlier this yr. Now I’m again to share much more outcomes with you, besides this time the trial is finding out a totally different situation: cerebral palsy. Let’s take a take a look at how cord blood is being utilized in an effort to assist children with cerebral palsy.

After a Part I medical trial demonstrated it’s protected to make use of a little one’s own cord blood for cerebral palsy, researchers designed a Part II medical trial to find out how efficient cord blood could also be in treating kids with cerebral palsy. The Part II trial outcomes have been lately revealed and the findings are encouraging.

The outcomes present that when children acquired an ample dose of their own cord blood, each mind connectivity and motor operate improved — primarily lessening the signs of the cerebral palsy.2 I’m so enthusiastic about these findings as a result of they’re an encouraging growth for households and a vital milestone within the evolution of cord blood use past conventional transplant medication and into regenerative medication.

Over twenty ViaCord households participated on this groundbreaking analysis, and one of them — the Rooney household — is worked up to share their story with us (watch their video beneath). Kevin and Gigi banked their son Patrick’s cord blood as a result of they believed that the potential for developments in cord blood use was there. What they didn’t know is that one of these developments would impression their lives so quickly.

Earlier than Patrick participated on this trial and acquired an infusion of his own cord blood, he visited physician after physician, receiving opinion after opinion on why on a regular basis actions have been such a wrestle for him. After years with no definitive reply, the Rooneys lastly acquired a analysis: cerebral palsy. With the analysis got here a glimmer of hope, as shortly after studying about their son’s cerebral palsy, the Rooneys acquired a letter from ViaCord informing them in regards to the Part II Scientific Trial that was happening on the time.

Watch Patrick’s story beneath to listen to about his expertise collaborating within the Part II Scientific Trial and see how he’s taking up life immediately.

In case you’d wish to see how banking cord blood made a world of distinction for different ViaCord households, go to viacord.com/tales.

A bit bit about cerebral palsy

Cerebral palsy is a neurological situation that impacts muscle coordination and physique motion. Every year 10,000 infants and infants are recognized with cerebral palsy. It’s most frequently attributable to mind damage or an abnormality within the mind ensuing from an infection or trauma sustained within the womb or through the early years of life. The kinds of accidents that the majority typically trigger the dysfunction are normally not foreseeable or preventable. To be taught extra about cerebral palsy, go to the NIH info web page.


Kate is a spouse and mom of two younger children. When she’s not dedicating herself to rising the utility of cord blood stem cells, you could find Kate out for a run, having fun with stay music, or cooking up a storm within the kitchen. She’s fast to make you chortle with one of her many puns and loves life to the fullest: What did the ocean say to the sand? Nothing. It simply waved.

Disclaimer: Banking cord blood doesn’t assure that therapy will work and solely a physician can decide when it may be used. Cord tissue stem cells are usually not authorised to be used in therapy, however analysis is ongoing.


  1. At the moment, cord blood has been used within the therapy of almost 80 illnesses. Moise Okay Jr. Umbilical cord stem cells. Obstet Gynecol. 2005;106(6):1393-1407. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/16319269
    1. Impact of Autologous Cord Blood Infusion on Motor Operate and Mind Connectivity in Younger Kids with Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized, Placebo-Managed Trial. Solar, J. M., Tune, A. W., Case, L. E., Mikati, M. A., Gustafson, Okay. E., Simmons, R., Goldstein, R., Petry, J., McLaughlin, C., Waters-Decide, B., Chen, L. W., Wease, S., Blackwell, B., Worley, G., Troy, J. and Kurtzberg, J. (2017), Impact of Autologous Cord Blood Infusion on Motor Operate and Mind Connectivity in Younger Kids with Cerebral Palsy: A Randomized, Placebo-Managed Trial. STEM CELLS Translational Drugs. doi:10.1002/sctm.17-0102. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/sctm.17-0102/full


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