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Saturday, November 05, 2005

Henry and Merry preserve their baby's stem cells

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Thierry Henry has paid to preserve potentially life-saving stem cells from his baby daughter's umbilical cord. The news comes just days after the News revealed a trial was under way into the procedure at the Rosie Hospital at Cambridge's Addenbrooke's Hospital.

Thierry, 27, and his wife Nicole Merry, 25, paid £500 to have Tea's umbilical cord frozen, so she would have access to her own stem cells if she ever needed them to treat serious illness.

Stem cells, which have the ability to become many different types of tissue, are already used to treat leukaemia and other blood disorders.

Scientists also hope they might one day offer cures for people with diseases such as Parkinson's and Alzheimer's, and spinal cord injuries.

Umbilical cord blood is known to be a particularly rich source of stem cells.

If the Cambridge trial is successful, the British Stem Cell Registry, which is behind the study, could begin offering a commercial service to the parents of newborn babies at the Rosie.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would like to store my baby's stem cells too and would like to know where did Henry store his daughter's stem cells. Thank you

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

thats just stupid let them do what they want to do

6:38 PM  

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