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Rise in Parents Paying to Freeze Stem Cell Rich Umbilical Cord

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Kyle and Carla Poppleton banked the cells with private company Smart Cells when their daughter, Paige, was born in London in March 2013.

Mrs Poppleton, 32, who lives in Lincolnshire, told The Mail on Sunday in October: ‘It is the best investment we could ever have made for our daughter.’

At six months old, Paige was unable to sit up and kept her right hand in a fist and her toes curled up. 

At about 12 months old she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a condition linked to the abnormal development of the brain which affects the ability to control muscles.

Stem-cell treatment for the condition is still highly experimental. It involves infusing the body intravenously with stem cells from umbilical cord blood in the hope that they repair damage to the nervous system and muscles before it becomes permanent, potentially reducing the extent of mobility issues.

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