Donations at Hospital Have Resulted in 46 Lifesaving Stem Cell Transplants

Dr. Tony Ogburn (left), professor and chair of the Department of Ob/Gyn at the University of Texas – Rio Grande Valley and a physician at Women’s Hospital, and Rogelio Zamilpa, director of the Texas C

“Every one of our moms who donates cord blood possibly is making a difference for someone who can benefit from a transplant.” Dr. Robert Martinez, chief medical officer/chief physician executive at Women’s Hospital

The Texas Cord Blood Bank (TCBB), a program of nonprofit biomedical organization GenCure, presented a plaque in recently to the labor and delivery team at Women’s Hospital at Renaissance in Edinburg for their outstanding efforts in collecting umbilical cord blood donations from generous mothers who give birth at the hospital and decide to donate.

“Women’s Hospital at Renaissance has been a collection partner for the TCBB since 2008, and their cord blood collections have resulted in a total of 46 matches for transplant,” said Rogelio Zamilpa, director of the TCBB and of the cord blood program at GenCure.

“The Women’s Hospital at Renaissance is proud to be a collection partner for the Texas Cord Blood Bank. Every one of our moms who donates cord blood possibly is making a difference for someone who can benefit from a transplant,” said Dr. Robert Martinez, chief medical officer/chief physician executive at Women’s Hospital.

Umbilical cord blood is rich in blood-forming stem cells, and though it’s normally discarded, moms can choose to donate their newborns’ umbilical cord blood after healthy births through the TCBB. Umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants are the last hope after other treatments have failed for hundreds of Texas patients living with leukemia, lymphoma and other blood…

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