All it can take is five minutes of paperwork to save a life. Hayden Willams’ mother, Ashley, couldn’t be more grateful that a new mom made this choice that ended up saving her son’s life as a result.
At age 6, Hayden Willams was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia, a blood cancer that begins in the bone marrow. Despite a high survival rate (60-70%), Hayden needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.
Without the benefit of a family donor match available, the Williams hoped for a match from anonymously donated umbilical cord blood. Their prayers were answered when a match was found and Hayden was successfully treated with the infusions.
Three years later, Hayden is a happy and healthy 10 year old. Ashley Williams doesn’t take this fact for granted noting that “it seems like yesterday, but obviously three years later he’s doing amazing”.
Statistics provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services indicate that 18-thousand people a year need bone marrow transplants, whether to treat cancers or diseases like sickle cell anemia. Approximately 70 percent of those people won’t have a access to a donor match in their own family. However, cord blood contains stem cells – a type of cell that can divide and evolve into any type of cell needed for healing. Donald Hudspeth, Chief Operating Officer of LifeForce Cryobanks explains, “..the great thing about stem cells is that we’re kind of just learning what they can do.” As the technology evolves, the possibilities become endless and the banking of cord blood and the precious stem cells therein is invaluable.
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