Bill would create registry for umbilical-cord blood
Sacramento, CA - The umbilical cord is birth's afterthought - clamped, cut and discarded.
Portantino's neighbor had a son whose leukemia was cured about a decade ago by a cord-blood transplant. So when Portantino and his wife, Ellen, had daughter Bella five years ago, they were keen to donate. But doing so required ordering a kit to collect the blood, getting approval from the doctor and hospital to harvest it, putting it on ice and getting it to a bank.