Solomon, MD, Medical Director of the Stem Cell Processing Laboratory and the Matched Unrelated Donor
Program at Northside Hospital in Atlanta.
Stiehm said that unmatched umbilical cord blood transplants are as good as bone marrow transplants from a parent or a matched unrelated donor
"but not as good as a matched sibling transplant.
Since the child does not have siblings, the next step is to search for matching unrelated donors -- either cord blood or matched unrelated donors
--which is much more expensive.