Umbilical Cord Blood Saves Life of Woman With Leukemia

When Suzanne Penney was diagnosed with leukemia after she battled breast cancer, she decided to undergo an injection of umbilical stem cells – and the procedure saved her life, KNSD-TV reported Thursday.

Penney, who lives in Carlsbad, Calif., contracted leukemia as a result of the aggressive chemotherapy she received for her breast cancer.

"When information about stem cells first came out I was against it,” Penney told KNSD-TV. “I always thought, ‘don't mess with Mother Nature, and there's going to be a bunch of cloned people walking around.’”

But, today, as Penney recovers in the hospital, doctors tell her that her leukemia is in remission.

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“It turns out that in the umbilical cord blood there are a large number of potent stem cells that give rise to bone marrow,” Dr. Edward Ball told the television station.

Soon, Penney will be back to running her store, A Pink Ribbon, which is also located in Carlsbad, and offers skin products, hats and wigs for women recovering from cancer.

“Some people are shocked that I haven’t blamed God and chewed him out,” Penney said. “But so many good things came out of having breast cancer, so something better must be ready to come out of this. . . . And attitude is so important when you’re fighting a disease like cancer.”

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