South Australia
Baby blosaved to beat cancerod
by: Health reporter

GAYLE Connors has leukaemia but does not want baby grandson Cooper to fall victim to the same disease.
While she knows the risk is low, she said paying $3000 to store her first grandchild's umbilical cord blood at birth, and the vital stem cells it contains for peace of mind, was nothing.

"My grandfather died of leukaemia, so you just never know," she said. "By the time Cooper is 18 or 19, God forbid if he was ever in a car accident and lost the ability to walk, it's possible stem cells could help him to walk."

Only 1 per cent of newborns have their stem cells stored in Australia each year.