The hospital at Fort Bragg has joined a North Carolina program to collect and donate umbilical-cord blood to help researchers and patients.
The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that Womack Army Medical Center has joined the Carolinas Cord Blood Bank at Duke University Medical Center.
More than 3,000 babies are born at Womack each year, most to young and healthy women who have usually received good prenatal care. That increases the likelihood that their babies' cord blood will be usable for transplants.
Cord blood is collected from the umbilical cord and placenta after a baby is born. It is rich in stem cells that can be used in transplants to save the lives of patients with leukemia, lymphoma, certain rare inherited disorders and other diseases.