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Help for families in need
<< Free cord blood banking is available to parents if a close relative of the baby has a case of medical need. >>
A "case of medical need" means that a person in the family has been diagnosed with one of the diseases for which a cord blood transplant is standard therapy, such as leukemia or thalassemia. Families who can provide documentation from a doctor that an immediate relative of the baby has a diagnosis on this list can generally receive free cord blood banking from a charity program.
These "case of need" charity programs are at the discretion of individual cord blood banks. Both public and private cord blood banks usually offer "case of need" programs, but with one important difference:
- Public banks only offer help if a full sibling of the baby needs a cord blood transplant.
- Family banks will offer help if either a sibling or a parent of the baby needs a cord blood transplant.
Finally, there are a few programs that are specially designed to help children who are born at high risk of certain conditions.