We saved the umbilical cord from Lexie's birth and sent it to Duke University where Dr. Kurtzberg collects the blood/stem cells that is contained in the umbilical cord. These types of cells are special because they are used as "building blocks" in the body and do the repair work. They are infused back into the body through an IV. It takes about 15 minutes and doesn't require surgery. The infusion can't cure the hydrocephalus but it may be able to help replace the cells that were damaged due to the pressure in the womb. There are no guarantees and we will never know if it has helped her but just knowing we may of helped her is good enough for me. Also, there is no risk because she is basically having her own cells put back in. It is her blood.
One more thing I wanted to share with you is a little clip that came to our attention the night before her infusion. Eric and I were watching TV at the hotel and this commercial comes on. After it was over Eric and I totally felt it was a sign. We both started laughing when it was over because it was a little eerie seeing where we were.....Stem Cell Research.
**2nd Stem Cell 12/2010 & 3rd and Final stem cell Summer 2011****