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Public Cord Blood Bank

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Registrations for donating cord blood are continuing for due dates in 2021, exclusively at the Cité-de-la-Santé de Laval and the CHU Sainte-Justine. For all the other partner centres, registrations are suspended for an indefinite period.

Autorised vaccines by Health Canada do not involve a cord blood donation prohibition period.



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A Public Cord Blood Bank in sync with the public

The Héma-Québec Public Cord Blood Bank aims to make stem cells from umbilical cord blood a collective resource that reflects the people of Quebec. The more Quebec’s ethnic diversity is represented in the Héma-Québec Cord Blood Bank, the greater the chances of finding a compatible donor. For someone suffering from a serious illness, this means the ability to access lifesaving treatment. Nothing less.

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The path to donation

Once collected, the cord blood is sent to the Héma-Québec Public Cord Blood Bank where it is processed and tested in a laboratory. If it meets all of the standards, it is frozen until matched with a compatible recipient.

If the donation fails to qualify, which can happen when the amount collected is too small, with the donor’s consent it can be used for research.

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