Here’s the real shame: a family decides to donate the cord blood stem cells at the birth of their child, however, the hospital at which she will deliver cannot accommodate the mom’s desire to donate that which will be discarded as trash.
Many hospitals are set up to collect cord blood, but many are not. The hope is that this will change in the future, but today, in the case of Natalie Salama-Levy, her baby’s cord blood will be taken out with the garbage while a child awaits a match to fight disease. http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/health/8459919.stm
If you’re thinking of donating, please investigate hospitals in your area before commiting to a particular institution.