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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.

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Cord blood donation is risk free

When Leah Goleniowska from Melton Mowbray gave birth to her baby son Max 11 days ago, she chose to donate his umbilical cord.

The process is risk-free for the mother and the baby. It takes ten minutes to donate.

"From something that is classed as clinical waste anyway, it takes nothing to take a sample of blood from that which can be used. It's just nice to know that from having our son somebody else can actually benefit from that."

– Leah Goleniowska

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