Cord Blood Stem Cells Restore Child’s Hearing
Many parents, are now saving their newborn’s cord blood, which is known to help treat a variety of serious conditions, this is the case with Madeleine Connor. Madeline, two years old, suffered from hearing loss when her mother, Stephanie Connor, contracted a virus during pregnancy. The virus put Madeleine at risk of brain damage and lifelong hearing loss.
ABC News interviewed Mrs. Connor, who stated learning her child suffered from hearing loss was traumatic, “It was like mourning the loss of a child.” In January 2012, Madeleine was the first child to undergo an experimental procedure through an FDA-approved trial at Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. During the procedure, stem cells from her cord blood were infused into her damaged inner ear.
Madeleine has had incredible results, with a dramatic improvement in her ability to hear. As her mother explains in the ABC interview, “Before, when she would hear something she would look all around,” Connor said. “But now we notice that she turns in the right direction of the sound.” We wish her the best.