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Grace Saves a Life

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By Jennifer Texada, MD Anderson Staff Writer

gracesavesalife.jpgAbout a month before my baby was due, my obstetrician asked me, "So, have you thought about what you want to do with the cord blood?" 

Without hesitation, I said I wanted to donate it to the Cord Blood Bank at MD Anderson. She scribbled a note on my chart and we went on with the appointment.

Because I work at MD Anderson, I'm aware of the cord blood donation program. But if you've never heard about it, it's easy to miss.

Cord blood remains in the placenta and umbilical cord after a baby is born. It's a source of stem cells that can be used as an alternative to bone marrow to treat patients with many diseases, including cancer.

MD Anderson is at a Level 2 due to winter storm conditions in the Houston area. The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory due to the chance of freezing drizzle and temperatures in the mid to upper 20's by the afternoon. Wind chill values between 15 and 25 with wind gusts as high as 30 mph are predicted for tonight and early Thursday.

MD Anderson will continue to monitor the weather situation. You're encouraged to monitor local news reports and take appropriate precautions.

We are currently open for all normal business operations including patient appointments.


MD Anderson remains at Severity Level 2 due to winter storm conditions in the Houston area. We are currently open for all normal business operations including patient appointments.

Due to ice on roadways, bridges and overpasses, there have been some road closures and travel has been difficult in affected areas.

Temperatures are predicted to be below freezing again Friday evening. MD Anderson will continue to monitor the weather situation. You're encouraged to monitor local news reports and take appropriate precautions. The next update will be at 5:00 a.m. Saturday Feb. 5.

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