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I read with great personal interest your recent article about cord blood and Northeast Georgia Medical Center's plan to begin collecting it.
The importance of use of cord blood in medical treatment of blood disorders and its use in medical research cannot be overstated. I speak from personal experience.
I congratulate the Medical Center's decision to begin this important project. When begun, it will take cord blood previously disposed of as bio-hazardous medical waste at some considerable expense, and convert it to a positive use in patient treatment and research.
What a win-win result. We can be proud that the Medical Center is only the second hospital in Georgia to begin this important work.
I urge the medical community to strongly encourage prospective new parent to participate in this project. Lives can be saved. I thank Dr. Linton Kuchler, chief pathologist, for taking on this project.