Maryland collects cord blood donations


At a press conference today, Baltimore Archbishop Edwin O'Brien announced that selected Catholic Hospitals in Maryland will begin collecting cord blood donations.  He spoke of the benefits these donations would provide to patients, who would have greater access to transplants with "life affirming" stem cells from cord blood.

The first hospital to participate is Mercy Medical Center in Baltimore.  The participating hospitals have been selected to increase the proportions of minority donors in the national cord blood inventory, a mission which is funded by a grant from HRSA.

This is the first program to collect cord blood donations in Maryland since the Red Cross ceased its cord blood program about five years ago.

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