Umbilical cord blood collected for stem-cell treatment

New centres at hospitals in Nottingham will give mums-to-be in Nottingham the chance to donate their umbilical cord when they give birth, to save the lives of people with blood cancers.

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'Opportunity to give life twice in one day' for cord donors

Two new centres have opened at the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital to collect blood from umbilical cords, which contain potentially life saving stem cells.

The stem cells are then used to save the lives of people with blood cancers such as Leukaemia and Lymphoma.

Penny Cole, Midwife Supervisor for Anthony Nolan, explains how cord blood is usually thrown away after birth, but says women can now make a life-saving donation.

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New umbilical cord donation scheme for mums-to-be in Nottinghamshire

Experts can use stem cells in umbilical cords to help people with blood cancers such as leukaemia Credit: Hendrik Schmidt/DPA/Press Association Images

New mums-to-be in Nottingham will now have the chance to donate their umbilical cord when they give birth.

New centres at the Queens Medical Centre and Nottingham City Hospital will collect the cord blood - which contains potentially life saving stem cells.

They're used to save the lives of people with blood cancers like leukaemia.