Neonatal donations aid in disease research, patient care

03/19/2014 | NBC News

The family of Sophia Slifka donated her heart valves soon after she died at birth in 2012, contributing to a small but increasing number of neonatal donations across the country. Neonatal tissue and organ donations not only help patients waiting for life-saving care but their cells also can help in the search for answers about the origins of conditions including diabetes. "It makes a huge difference. It's something we'll be proud of for the rest of our lives," said AATB's Sarah Gray of the donation of her 5-day-old son's eyes, liver cells and cord blood after his death.

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