New Stem Cell Technique Tested for Babies with Life-Threatening Heart Condition

June 15, 2018

(CBS News) – Doctors at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles are trying something new. They’re collecting the baby’s cord blood at birth to gather stem cells. Then when the child undergoes the second HLHS [hypoplastic left heart syndrome] surgery, “We’re going to inject stem cells into the right ventricle,” explains Dr. Ram Kumar Subrmanyan. He believes injecting the stem cells directly into the heart will help stimulate muscle growth, making it stronger.

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