First-Of-Its-Kind Northern California Public Blood Collection Program Opens at Packard Children’s

A new public cord blood collection program at Packard Children’s is now enabling new parents to donate their baby’s cord blood to an international stem cell transplant registry.

“This is a public service project to expand the donor pool,” said Rajni Agarwal, MD, the clinical director for pediatric stem cell transplantation at Packard Children’s and medical director of the new collection program. “It will help physicians do more stem cell transplants and save more lives.” The new program makes Packard Children’s the first Northern California hospital to both collect cord blood donations and use them in stem cell transplants.

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