At a regularly-scheduled ultrasound, Amy and Jeff Hendrix were excited to get a glimpse of their new baby, Parker. They remarked that the size of her head meant that she would be brilliant; however, they were sadly informed that she, in fact, had a build up of fluid in her brain. She was diagnosed with a disease called ‘hydrocephalus’, a disease that can be deadly if gone untreated.

Amy quickly began researching the disease, discovering that an umbilical cord transfusion could save her life.The Hendrix family then contacted Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg of Duke University , in order to arrange for their daughter to receive a transfusion of her own cord blood.

In the meantime, Parker’s head was growing so quickly that her doctors were unsure how much of her brain could be salvaged. The decided to deliver the baby two months early; she was born with a head the size of a toddler’s. The buildup of fluid caused her brain to compress and, with underdeveloped optic nerves, Parker was likely to become blind.

Shortly after her birth, the Hendrix family decided to go through with the cord blood transplant. Afterwards, the newborn started to show signs of improvement and it wasn’t long before she gained the ability to track movement with her eyes. She has shown such promising progress, that the family has scheduled another transfusion when she reaches 11 months of age in hopes that she will continue to improve.


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Cord Blood Used to Treat Hydrocephalus