What Is Its Likelihood To Be Used In the Future?


The first cord blood transplantation in the world was done in 1989 to treat a child with Fanconi Anemia.

In Turkey however, the first cord blood stem cell transplantation was made for a thalassemia patient in 1995. By the end of 2008, it is estimated that around 400 000 units of cord blood is stored in approximately 100 cord blood banks in the world.

According to statistics of the same year, of those cord blood units stored 8836 are used in stem cell transplantation. Cord blood stem cell usage rate in the world is increasing every year.

While the likelihood of a person to have stem cell transplantation before age of 20 is 1/1700, this ratio goes up to 1/200 for 70 years old. In the future, when cord blood starts to be routinely used in regenerative medicine, the possibility of using one’s own cord blood will substantially increase as well.