English football players store stem cells collected from their newborn children, in order to use them to cure their future injuries.
“What we do now, for the time being, is a big experiment. We injected a child’s stem cells into its fathers injured knee. In time, these cells start to rebuild broken ligaments, for example.” – says Paul Griffiths, manager of the CryoGenesis International (CGI) clinic, Liverpool. Saviour cells come from frozen cord blood and there is a possibility they can be used to cure typical football cartilage and ligament injuries. As noted by yesterday’s ‘Sunday Times’, ‘five Premiership players used CGI services. Earlier, three other players stored their children’s cells at London Smart Cells’.
“It’s not that we’re storing stem cells of our children just to cure our injuries”, says one of the players, who refuses to give his name, “if there is a necessity, we will use them to cure our children. But in a football player’s profession, every injury can be the end of one’s career.” Freezing your child’s cord blood is like a repair kit. It really makes sense.
The only footballer who publicly declared storing his children’s stem cells is the star of Arsenal London and England national football team Thierry Henry. Yet he never stated that he would use them for his own therapy. Eleven thousand parents decided to store their children’s cord blood in Great Britain in the past five years. The procedure and storage costs about 1.5 thousand pounds.