The American Pie star Jason Biggs and his wife have chosen to store his baby’s stem cells in case they’re needed later in life
The US actor Jason Biggs and his wife, Jenny, welcomed their first baby, Sid, just under two weeks ago, and they’ve already spoken about how they’ve banked the stem cells from his umbilical cord at a special blood bank facility.
They explain their reasons on the Cryo-Cell website.
‘We may joke a lot in life, but all kidding aside, when we learned the facts about how stem cells from cord blood and cord tissue can be used to possibly save lives, hell yeah we stored.
‘And knowing that our baby’s stem cells might be used for our whole family made the decision that much easier. We hope we never have to use them, but it is a definite relief to know it’s there and stored safe at Cryo-Cell.’
Stem cells from the umbilical cord are collected immediately after birth and cryogenically frozen. This is when the cells are kept in a suspended state of animation by being frozen to very low temperatures until they’re needed later in life. The cells can be used to treat the child and even his or her relatives for certain illnesses, such as leukaemia and Hodgkin's Lymphoma, and can also be used to repair faulty cells or organs.
If you wish to donate stem cells from your umbilical cord after birth, you can register with the NHS Blood Cord Bank or the Antony Nolan Trust for cells to be collected from your placenta. These cells are registered and then can be used by anyone who requires them. If you want to save the cells purely for your own family’s use, you will need to register with a private company and pay. The cost can be around £2000.
Jason Biggs has been very open about sharing his parenthood journey so far, tweeting pictures and videos of his wife while she was in labour in the hospital and immediately after she had her c-section. So it’s no surprise that he’s keen to share the message about storing his baby’s stem cells.
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