Sunday, April 10, 2011

April 10, 2011

A bit about birds, Anaya and Stemcells...

The time flies by like a flock of migrating birds. Spring is here and the birds are coming back from the far reaches of the south and are heading to Northern BC to the Wetlands for the summer.

On our walks Anaya can hear the birds. Her eyes open wide and dart from side to side. I know she wonders what on earth each sound is. The honking of Canadian geese, the caw of a crow, the chirps of the little birds - when she is awake she is aware of each one.

Yesterday we put Anaya in her stander at home for the first time. After a few minor adjustments it fit her unique little body. She was so wide awake and curious. She didn't cry or express discomfort at all. We placed the stander in the living room by the television and turned on Saturday morning cartoons. She got to listen to an episode of "Martha Speaks" a children's show. I think she liked it. After a while we took her out and fed her breakfast. A tube-worthy smoothie of fresh apples and bananas with prune juice mmmmm. She is just so awake and aware the last few days. I love it when she is like this. I spend every moment I can with her - once my work is done that must be done.

When I see her like this it gives me hope. Hope that perhaps Anaya will be the miracle Krabbe baby. Hope that the thousands of prayers that have been said in her name to God will be heard, and acted upon. I recently found out that breastmilk contains 3 different kinds of Stem Cells. Anaya is benefiting from the milk of many healthy mothers who do not have the genetic deficiency that I do within regards to the GALC gene.
Is it possible that this gift of breastmilk may save her life? Here are somee articles about research done in Australia and India.

Dr. Mark Cregan from Australia confirmed the presence of putative stem-like cells in human milk in a research study in 2008.

A pleuropotent cell is capable of developing into many types of tissue.

Research details
Researchers conducted pilot study in two Kolhapur hospitals on 25 newborn babies suffering from various diseases.

Under the trial, scientists gave colostrum stem cells isolated from the breast milk that is produced during the first five days after birth to the babies.

These were given in cultured medium of 5 ml containing 5 to 10 million cells, and the duration of the therapy varied depending upon the recovery.

Study results
Results revealed that all the 25 babies showed a speedy recovery after being given colostrums.

Researchers further estimated that in the first five days of breastfeeding, a newborn gets about 5 million stem cells per kg body weight each day.

As is known, colostrums contain about 50,000 cells per ml. As the milk matures, these go down to just 50 to 100 cells per ml.

Furthermore, researchers found that stem cells could be used to help treat spinal injuries, diabetes and even Parkinson’s disease in infants.

Besides, certain neonatal diseases like neonatal sepsis, respiratory diseases and others could also be cured if these stem cells were isolated from human milk.

Financial Chronicle quoted Patki as saying, “We will seek permission from Indian Council of Medical Research to carry out 100 trials each in Kolhapur, Pune, Mumbai and Delhi.”

Patki and study-colleague Dr. Ramesh Bhonde, NCCS stated that the team is certain of creating an oral drug for babies in three years’ time after approval from Drug Controller General of India (DCGI).

The research will be published in the journal Human Cell.

Here is another article
An Australian scientist has discovered that human breast milk contains stem cells. This is an exciting discover since stem cell harvesting is a hotly contested debate. Dr. Mark Cregan is confident that within five years scientists will be harvesting stem cells from breast milk to research treatment for diseases like diabetes and Parkinson’s.

This also further supports the benefits of breastfeeding and Cregan is also excited about the new doors that this could open about the potency of breastmilk.

Cregan believes breastmilk contains key markers that guide an infant’s development all the way into adulthood. “We already know how breast milk provides for the baby’s nutritional needs, but we are only just beginning to understand that it probably performs many other functions,” says Dr Cregan, a molecular biologist at The University of Western Australia.

Cregan’s team cultured cells from human breast milk and found a population that tested positive for the stem cell marker, nestin. Further analysis showed that a side population of the stem cells were of multiple lineages with the potential to differentiate into multiple cell types. Meaning the cells could potentially be “reprogrammed” to form many types of human tissue.

Cregan’s team have shown the cells have all the physical characteristic of stem cell. The next step for the team is to see if they behave like stem cells.

If these cells do behave like stem cells, Cregan and his team have made a great discovery in finding an ethical way to harvest stem cells, rather than harvesting them from human embryos.

I found them by google keywords "Stemcells in Breastmilk"

If you know anyone willing to spare a few ounces of colustrum, it may really help Anaya!

There are many moms in the USA wanting to ship milk and Colustrum to Anaya but the shipping costs are high. Please help Anaya by donating a few dollars using the Donate Now button. Thank you with all my heart.


  1. Wow! That is great info & great news! Thanks for sharing:) I still keep Anaya & your family in my thoughts daily. I hope to be weaning my baby in the next few months & hope I am able to continue pumping for a bit after to help your precious girl! Take care, EW

  2. Anaya is part of every reader life Camara. We must not lose the hope one second. It's hard, and for you, harder, I know and I feel it when I read you heart writing here.... But never lose the hope my friend. I cried watching the Solara-Anaya video, but it was more happiness than sadness... Awesome video!!!!...

    That little warrior is showing us a lot... and the warrior family is showing the courage and pride every person should have in this world. Y I am proud of you and your family. I wish I could meet you soon...

    And the blog change is least for me...

  3. Wow that's incredible. Thanks for sharing. What a beautiful daughter you have. She will be in our prayers.

  4. Camara,

    Just a thought about the colustrum. Is there any way to arrange something in the postpartum ward at local hospital if any new mom who decide not to breast fed in the beginning to donate their colustrum to Anaya?



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