The following story was sent to us recently by Linda Kosinski who was diagnosed with a very rare form of leukemia and survived thanks to a cord blood transplant! Linda is living proof that donated cord blood saves lives! If you are pregnant, please consider donating your child’s cord blood at birth. You could help someone just like Linda. To learn about others who have benefited from the wonders of cord blood, please visit “Personal Stories” on our main website.
“The families who chose to donate their babies cord blood have saved my life.”
In November of 2007 I was your ordinary stay at home mom to three small boys. I got the shock of my life when I was diagnosed with Philadelphia positive acute lymphocytic leukemia (Ph+ ALL). This subtype of leukemia generally has a poor prognosis. I initially spent 57 days in the hospital and received aggressive chemotherapy. I was in and out of the hospital several more times over the next five months. I went into remission and it was determined by my doctors that I needed a bone marrow transplant to survive.
My two sisters were tested and neither was a match. We then searched the national bone marrow registry. There are millions of people on this registry but unfortunately, no match. My family and friends held numerous bone marrow drives. While they were able to add hundreds of people to the registry, there was still no suitable match for me.
At this point we were running out of options. My husband began researching other options and other hospitals. He spoke to Dr. Anthony Stein at City of Hope Medical Center in California and he thought he may be able to help me with a cord blood transplant. The great thing about cord blood transplants is that the match does not have to be as exact as in a live bone marrow transplant. As an adult, I needed two donors and he was able to find two matches for me. I flew out to California in July of 2008 and spent the next four months there.
It has been 4 ½ years since my cord blood transplant and I am happy to say that I am doing very well. The families who chose to donate their babies cord blood have saved my life and gave me the opportunity to see my children grow up. Words cannot express my gratitude to these generous people. My life was saved by a cord blood donation but many people die while waiting for the right match. I urge everyone to make the choice and save your baby’s cord blood. You have the opportunity to give the greatest gift of all and possibly save a life.
Linda – 1/14/13
Thank you so much Linda for sharing your story with us!
We hope that this will encourage everyone who reads it to donate their child’s cord blood.
Learn more on our main website: www.SaveTheCordFoundation.org