VIDEOS: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan have daughter’s stem cells banked

The 39-year-old star said that she and husband Abhishek opted for stem cell preservation when the child was born last year.

“I had always banked that thought even before I got married. At that point of time we were contacted by a lot of companies and closer to the date we interacted extensively with Life Cell. Once were convinced we went ahead with the decision to bank with Life Cell,” Aishwarya was quoted as saying.

And she is now lending her support to the process.
The star made a speech at an event organised by Life Cell, a biotechnology company, about storing the cells of babies to be used later in life.

The 39-year-old was quoted as saying by DNA: “Families and friends can come together to make this gift possible in a parent’s life. We traditionally buy so many things for expecting parents.

“So family and friends can come together to pursue this possibility in expectant parents lives and make that the perfect gift for the child coming into this life.”
And she urged those who thought it was too expense to save up by cutting back on “indulgences”.

She said: “To those who can afford it, we really look at a lot of expenses. A lot of indulgences are so easily spent upon that somehow this thereby seems like a sensible investment.”

Stem cells have the potential to develop into many different kinds of human –tissue cell, meaning they could be introduced into the body as ‘spare parts’ to repair faulty cells or organs.

They were first found in embryos, but now scientists have managed to extract them from blood in umbilical cords and placentas after the mother gives birth.

The technique has spawned a new industry of –private stem cell banks, which charge families to keep –children’s stem cells in their deep-freezers.

However, some experts have been sceptical in the past about the service.

VIDEOS: Aishwarya Rai, Abhishek Bachchan have daughter's stem cells banked

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