Umbilical cord blood donations are now possible at the CHUQ's Hôpital Saint-François-d'Assise

    QUEBEC, Jan. 23 /CNW Telbec/ - Héma-Québec and the Centre hospitalier
universitaire de Québec (CHUQ) are pleased to announce that mothers-to-be who
will be delivering at Québec's Hôpital Saint-François-d'Assise (CHUQ) can
register with the Public Cord Blood Bank
( Over
the last year, it has also been possible to donate cord blood at the CHUQ's
Centre mère-enfant, bringing to seven the number of partner hospitals in the
    Having the highest number of deliveries in Québec with 7,800 births a
year, the CHUQ is an important partner for the Public Cord Blood Bank. Since
the Centre mère-enfant started participating in the Public Cord Blood Bank
almost a year ago, 578 registrations have been received.
    Long considered organic waste, the blood contained in the umbilical cord
can now be used as a significant source of stem cells - which are responsible
for making red blood cells, white blood cells and platelets. Stem cells from
cord blood help improve the treatments offered to children with malignant
blood diseases such as leukemia and anaemia, and whose bone marrow does
malfunction. Occasionally used in adults' cases, this treatment could save
their lives.
    Following the authorization of mothers-to-be registered with the Bank,
the blood is collected from the recently cut umbilical cord after the child is
born. Collecting cord blood thus does not put at risk the mother or the child.
The blood is then tested in Héma-Québec's laboratories to ensure quality prior
to making it available to patients seeking a compatible donor.

    Who can participate?

    Mothers-to-be delivering in Québec City's hospitals, either the CHUQ's
Hôpital Saint-François-d'Assise or Centre mère-enfant, can register with
Héma-Québec's Public Cord Blood Bank if they are healthy and more than 18
years old.
    For further information or to register, please call at 1-800-565-MOEL
(6635), ext. 253, or see the Stem Cells section on the Héma-Québec website, at

    About Héma-Québec

    Héma-Québec's mission is to efficiently provide adequate quantities of
safe, optimal blood components, substitutes, human tissues and cord blood to
meet the needs of all Quebecers, and provide and develop expertise along with
specialized and innovative services and products in the fields of transfusion
medicine and human tissue transplantation.

    About CHUQ

    CHUQ is one of Québec's largest health care institutions. It offers
general care as well as a number of highly specialized services to all of
Eastern Québec, covering a population of almost two million people. With close
ties to Université Laval and focused on the future, CHUQ is also dedicated to
teaching and research at its many centres of excellence, as well as to
assessing health care technologies and modes. It is powered by an expert,
humane team of approximately 1,000 doctors, dentists and pharmacists, and
9,000 employees. CHUQ includes Hôtel-Dieu de Québec, Hôpital Saint-François
d'Assise and CHUL with its Centre mère-enfant, along with five care centres.
To learn more about the CHUQ, please visit our website at

For further information:

For further information: Pascale St-Pierre, Communication Advisor,
Centre hospitalier universitaire de Québec, (418) 525-4387; Valérie Legault,
Information Officer, Héma-Québec, (514) 832-0871

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