Cord blood donation can save waste and lives

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation in an attempt to make sure others can be saved.

Two year old Charlie Harris Beard from Worcestershire, died last month from leukemia, but his life was prolonged after he received a cord donor transplant from America.

After birth, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away, as it is classed as clinical waste.

The cord blood inside though, is rich in stem cells. If collected, a woman can potentially give birth and save a life on the same day.

Charlie's dad, Joe Beard, says the transplant Charlie received prolonged his life and they now want more people to benefit.

You can sign the petition and find out more on how you can donate.

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Cord blood donation campaign

The parents of Charlie Harris Beard have started a petition to raise awareness of cord blood donation. After birth, the umbilical cord is normally thrown away but if it's collected, a woman can potentially give birth and save a life on the same day.