Mothers At JMH Can Now Donate Lifesaving Cord Blood

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MARATHON (CBSMiami/AP) – Jackson Memorial Hospital is now offering the mother of newborns the opportunity to donate lifesaving umbilical cord blood.

The donations go directly to LifeCord, an FDA licensed cord blood bank of LifeSouth Community Blood Centers, headquartered in Gainesville.

Donating cord blood is painless for mother and baby, and there is no charge for the lifesaving service.

To kick off the partnership between JMH and LifeCord, an event was held Wednesday that brought together donors and recipients to talk about their experiences.

“We were encouraged to partner with Jackson by Archie McNealy, a young man who grew up in Miami and died of cancer on December 10th, 2013, without receiving the matching cord donation that could have saved his life,” said LifeCord Director Yesi Sevilla. “Matches are most likely to be found when a patient and donor have the same racial or ethnic…

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