The cord blood is the blood of the fetus remaining in the placenta aﬅer birth and is rich in hematopoietic stem cells. These cells may be used to replace the stem cells mainly in patients with leukemia or other hematological malignancies, genetic diseases of the immune system, and for certain rare inherited diseases. It is an alternative source of stem cells which is advantageous in comparison to bone marrow due to the immediacy of access to the graﬅ but also because complete compatibility is not required.
COLLECTION AND STORAGE OF CB
The process of cord blood collection is simple, fast and does not involve any pain. It is performed by the obstetrician or midwife immediately aﬅer the delivery, when the umbilical cord is detached from the newborn. The blood remaining in the cord placenta is collected in the special collection bag. If at any point the physician feels that the collection of the cord blood may interfere with the delivery, the collection should be abandoned.
Within 48 hours of collection the cord blood is transported to the Stem Cell Lab at Nicosia General Hospital and undergoes a series of quality control checks; if it meets all the qualitative and quantitave criteria it is then frozen and stored in liquid nitrogen until needed for transplantation. Directed or family donation of cord blood may be considered appropriate in siblings of children suﬀering from a disease that may be treated with cord blood transplantation.
APPLICATION FOR CB DONATION
In the application form, the following are included: a medical history of you and your family, a signed consent with which you agree to proceed to the cord blood donation of your child in the public cord blood registry, and a signed consent of your obstetrician that he/she agrees to perform the collection.
With the completion of the application form you agree to the following:
You may ﬁnd the Application of Cord Blood Donation (here) and the information leaflet (here). You can also call at 22772700 and request a copy to be sent to you either by fax or email. Please send the completed and signed application form by fax at 22772888 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org and call the registry for conﬁrmation of its receipt.