Using cord blood cells for family blood transfers

Richard Jennings, President of Stem Cell Services, explains the likelihood of cord blood being a successful match for blood transfers to family members
Can Cord Blood Cells Be Used For Family Blood Transfers
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Using cord blood cells for family blood transfers

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I'm sometimes asked that if a family were to collect cord blood or cord tissue, if they be able to utilize those stem cells for some of the other family members. Well, it's a somewhat complex question. In order to utilize stem cells, there needs to be a 4 of 6 HLA type match. This a simple procedure that can be performed by the healthcare provider to ensure that the stem cells that you're looking to use would match the intended recipient. In general, you can be assured that there is a 100% match for the baby. When you begin looking at other family members it's typically around 50% probability that it could match one of the parents or sibling and as you move to grandparents or further away there is lesser probability of match.

Richard Jennings, President of Stem Cell Services, explains the likelihood of cord blood being a successful match for blood transfers to family members

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Richard D. Jennings

President, Stem Cell Services

Richard Jennings brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in the biomedical and healthcare fields to the California Cryobank Stem Cell business.  As president of the company, Richard has set the strategic vision which has resulted in tremendous growth of the FamilyCord business that provides cord blood and cord tissue services to pregnant moms. Prior to managing FamilyCord, Richard served as CEO of Mediscan Services, was an Administrator at Centinela Freeman Health System, and held a series of positions within the Child Care and Infant Care sectors of Kimberly-Clark. Richard Jennings earned an MBA from Harvard Business School, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering. He is also the father of two beautiful children. 

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