Just days after Lucky Mulumba gave birth to her first child Carol, she learned her baby had sickle cell anemia.
"Doctors said she had the most severe type and they told me she would have a hard life. Some doctors told me she would not live past ten years," Mulumba said.
Two years later she learned she was pregnant with her second child Mark.
Her doctor suggested she bank his umbilical cord blood in the event one day it might be used to help Carol......
When she was 6 she started to have small strokes and doctors warned she could die from one.
That's when Carol underwent a stem cell transplant using cells from her brother Mark's banked cord blood. The procedure worked.
Carol was cured of sickle cell anemia and has been disease free for three years.
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