We made contact with CryoSave through their online platform and they responded to our query that very same day and we got the ball rolling. After discussing which package we wanted to take they sent through an application form for us to fill in and we had our stem cell collection kit sent to us a few days later. This was the box that we had to take with us to the Hospital and give to our Gynecologist to take with him to theatre on the day of the birth.
The question was: Should we store Georgie’s stem cells when he is born or shouldn’t we? The idea and hope is that you’ll never have to make use of them, but should something happen, we’d have such peace of mind knowing that his stem cells could save his life. It came down to simply having no regrets and we decided to store his stem cells for 20 years.
I had a boyfriend when I was younger and he was diagnosed with Leukaemia at the age of 26. His only chance of survival was a bone marrow transplant. He was half Italian and half Scottish so finding a bone marrow match was always going to be a challenge. We managed to find a match in Germany however it wasn’t a 100% match.