Cerebral palsy is a life-long congenital disorder that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. Cerebral palsy is caused by damage to the developing brain either during pregnancy or shortly after birth.
In a phase II trial, Duke University Medical Center researched the use of stem cells derived from umbilical cord blood to treat children diagnosed with cerebral palsy.
“The research demonstrated improvements in motor function a year after the injection of a high dose of stem cells from a child’s own cord blood.”1 Further, this treatment shows it could have a therapeutic value in forming new neural connections and improving motor function.
Currently there is no cure for cerebral palsy. However, banking your baby’s cord blood with Maze could prove to be beneficial in the future for treating it among many other diseases.