The Shanghai Cord Blood Scandal

From Caijing Magazine:

On 14 December 2005, Lu Yi signed an agreement with Shanghai Cord Blood Bank , under the terms of which the bank would store umbilical cord blood of her soon-to-be-born daughter for twenty years in exchange for a one-time fee of 16,060 yuan.

Cord blood banks collect, process and store hematopoietic stem cells taken from umbilical cord blood at the time a mother gives birth for potential future use such as transplant operations the child may have. Doing so gives peace of mind to expectant mothers who believe they are taking an additional measure to ensure the health of their precious child.

However, in early September, Lu Yi received a text message that shattered that peace of mind as a new mother. The message read, “Your baby’s blood tested positive for anaerobic bacteria. Storing it is completely pointless.”

See more on Discord Over China’s Cord Blood Storage from Caijing Magazine.

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