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Blood fund to help kids

A FUND to help children who need umbilical cord blood transplants has been set up by Shanghai Cord Blood Bank and Shanghai Children's Medical Center.

The blood is used to treat children with leukemia and other congenital syndromes such as immune deficiencies and chromosome diseases.

The bank launched the fund with an initial donation of 500,000 yuan (US$73,122). Patients who are being treated at Shanghai Children's Medical Center and find a match at the cord blood can apply to the fund.

"We will pass on the money after confirming the family's financial situation," said Yang Hong, from the cord bank. "More money will be added to the fund in the future."

Officials said the fund was established after a successful transplant on a one-year-old boy who had congenital immune deficiency. A match was found at the cord blood center while he was being treated at the Children's Medical Center.

But his parents, migrant workers from Jiang°?su Province, couldn't afford the 200,000-yuan cost and were about to stop treatment. The cord bank offered free umbilical cord blood and helped collect 100,000 yuan toward the boy's treatment.

The boy received the transplant and has recovered.

"We met many patients who were giving up treatment because of poverty. The fund can give them hope," said Liu Jinfen, president of Shanghai Children's Medical Center.


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