September 27, 2012
(NECN) – After a public struggle with fertility, Giuliana and Bill Rancic have announced the joyous news of their newborn baby via a surrogate. Now, the celebrity couple is opening up about the decision to bank their baby boy’s stem cells.
The Rancics welcomed baby Edward Duke on Aug. 29.
Viewers followed the challenges the Rancics faced on “Giuliana and Bill” – from Giuliana‘s battle with breast cancer and double mastectomy to their fertility struggles.
Despite some sleep deprivation, the couple told Steve Aveson that they are doing well.
“The ambilical cord has — a lot of people don’t realize this — but it has millions of stem cells that could potentially save your baby’s life. It can treat various types of cancers, blood diseases, cebrebral palsy, now there’s even research being done on autism right now.
“And it’s something that’s done the day of the birth and the doctor takes care of it, and that’s it! You never have to worry about it again. And God forbid your child needs it, needs these stem cells, but you really do have one shot at getting them, which is the delivery day,” Giuliana said.
Giuliana had experience with stem cells in her family history, but Bill said the issue also hits close to home for him.
“My father actually received a stem cell transplant 12 years ago or 13 years ago at the NIH, so I was famliar with it,” he said.
“I knew where the medical technology was moving and I think about the advancements we’ve made in the last decade since my dad experienced it. I can’t imagine where it’s going to be 10 or 20 years from now so for me it was a no brainer.”