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Aishwarya Vouches for Stem Cell Banking

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Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan during a programme in Chennai on July 27, 2014. (Photo: IANS)

Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, who has been named the world’s fourth most beautiful woman, on July 27 reiterated the importance of stem cell banking by mothers and revealed what led to her decision to go for stem cell banking for her daughter.
“The decision to bank the umbilical cord cell had to be taken at a time when (we were) taking baby steps to parenthood. And on our part, we did some research, spoke to friends and our families, of course. We were informed about it,” said Bachchan, a young mother herself.
Donning a red saree and black blouse with a string of fragrant jasmines decorating her hair — the traditional attire of women from the South — Bachchan looked elegant and aptly dressed for the event.
On being informed it was Parents’ Day, the mother of two-and-a-half year old Aaradhya said, “Every day is Parents’ Day. We are meant to have such a beautiful experience in our lives, and let us celebrate that emotion every week and day in our lives.”
Describing the situation that led to her decision to go in for stem cell banking for her daughter, the actress said, “Knowledge can be very, very useful and once we were aware of the potential of stem cell banking, the decision was natural and we recognized how stem cells are such a precious gift that can be given to our children.”
“I think that every expecting parent in our country should become aware of stem cell banking. Stem cells from the umbilical cord are a nature-given resource. That needs to be preserved,” she added.
Bachchan was here to celebrate the milestone achievement of LifeCell’s preservation of 100,000 umbilical cord stem cell units.

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