Northeast Alabama Regional Medical Center has been recognized for collecting a cord blood donation to treat a patient with a rare disorder. Mothers and babies at RMC have donated umbilical cords following birth to LifeSouth’s Cord Blood Bank for more than two years.
Cord blood is blood-forming stem cells that can help patients in need of a stem transplant. Last year, a cord blood donation was successfully collected by Doctor Braden Richmond in order to save a patient's life in Canada. LifeSouth executives from Gainesville, Florida presented Doctor Richmond and RMC with a plaque recognizing this life saving donation.
LifeSouth Cord Blood Bank Director Thomas Moss says the cord blood being collected in Anniston is helping people all around the world. Cord blood transplants can help treat more than 80 blood cancers, genetic diseases as well as, immune system and metabolic disorders.