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New Zealand Twin Receives Revolutionary Umbilical Cord Blood Transplantation

Maia Friedlander, a four-year old born in Auckland, New Zealand, was the first New Zealander to receive an umbilical cord blood experimental treatment in the United States that would combat brain damage she has as a result of being born prematurely. Upon Maia’s birth, her parents chose to bank her cord blood. This cord blood was later used at Duke University in Maia’s stem cell transplantation. As a result of the umbilical cord blood stem cell procedure, Maia’s concentration and coordination have greatly improved, giving her a real chance to enjoy her childhood.

Maia Friedlander, a four-year old born in Auckland, New Zealand, was the first New Zealander to receive an umbilical cord blood experimental treatment in the United States that would combat brain damage she has as a result of being born prematurely. Upon Maia’s birth, her parents chose to bank her cord blood.  This cord blood was later used at Duke University in Maia’s stem cell transplantation. As a result of the umbilical cord blood stem cell procedure, Maia’s concentration and coordination have greatly improved, giving her a real chance to enjoy her childhood.

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