“We wanted to protect our grandchild”
Today, little four-year-old Helena Aura lives in Madrid where her parents, Ditte and Andreas Adamas, have settled and set up a business.
However, Helena Aura’s umbilical cord stem cells are safely stored back home in Denmark. Her grandmother Hanne has taken care of that.
When Ditte Adamas was pregnant, a girlfriend happened to mention to her the possibility of storing umbilical cord stem cells. The girlfriend, who is an osteopath and has worked as an instructor at Ditte’s Pilates studio, Spirithouse, had given birth to her first child six months earlier, and she and her husband had chosen to store their child’s stem cells. This inspired Ditte to check this out, and it was soon obvious to her and her husband Andreas that this was an opportunity they couldn’t miss.
“To us, there was no doubt. Once you know that the option is there, and you know the potential of the umbilical cord stem cells, you can’t just do nothing. If there’s anything that’s important to you, it’s your child’s life, and if there’s even the slightest chance that the child’s own umbilical cord stem cells can help your child later in life, you just have to grab it,” says Ditte.
A Present from Grandmother and Grandfather
Some time before the birth, Ditte Adamas told her mother, Hanne Overgaard, that you can store a child’s umbilical cord stem cells, and this settled any further discussions about the choice of present at their future first and only grandchild’s birth. Their grandchild was to have its umbilical cord stem cells collected and stored for the first 18 years of the child’s life as part of the present.
“You can give silver spoons, high chairs or pushchairs, and that’s relevant and valuable here and now. But a present like this makes sense way into the future, and in my eyes it’s therefore the best welcome present we could give our grandchild. It’s amazing that you can store stem cells from a tiny human being where everything is new and fresh and works as it should. In today’s world, we’re exposed to so many external influences that it’s incredibly hard to know who will suffer from a disease in the future and who won’t. There’s every indication that fresh stem cells can be useful if Helena Aura should become ill one day. Therefore, my husband and I could only support our daughter and son-in-law in their decision to store their child’s stem cells. Our grandchild had to be protected, and we’re pleased that we’ve been able to contribute,” says Mrs Overgaard, who is otherwise not the type to worry about disease or stem cells in her everyday life.
Perfectly Normal in Spain
In Spain, where Ditte and her husband have lived since 2010, people are used to paying for healthcare services, contrary to Denmark, and it is Ditte’s impression that private payment for the freezing of stem cells immediately after birth is much more widespread than in Denmark.
“I have a girlfriend here in Madrid who stores umbilical cord stem cells from both her children, and she learned about this option from her midwife. I can’t understand why pregnant women aren’t being told about this option in Denmark. I would have been devastated if I’d only found out about it after giving birth, when it would have been too late. The public sector should have a duty to inform about something as important as this,” Ditte concludes.