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Donated placentas could aid others

Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013 7:48 PM
Last updated Thursday, Feb. 7, 2013 12:05 AM
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Tiny Sarai Harris was just born Tuesday but she is already on her way to helping someone else. After she was born at Doctors Hospital, her mother, Geonna, chose to donate the placenta to a company that can use it to make treatments for other patients.

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Gerald Harris holds his one-day-old daughter, Sarai Harris, as he sits with his wife, Geonna Harris in their room at Doctors Hospital. Harris chose to donate the placenta from Sarai's birth to Surgical Biologics.  SARA CALDWELL/STAFF
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Gerald Harris holds his one-day-old daughter, Sarai Harris, as he sits with his wife, Geonna Harris in their room at Doctors Hospital. Harris chose to donate the placenta from Sarai's birth to Surgical Biologics.

The placenta was just going to be discarded, she said, “so why not keep it and help someone else?”

The company, Surgical Biologics of Kennesaw, Ga., said on its Web site it uses the amniotic membrane or amnion, the innermost membrane, to help heal various wounds.

It can be used in eye surgery to replace or patch tissue, in dental treatments to help heal damaged gums, and delivers growth factors and helps inhibit scar tissue formation in hard-to-heal wounds, according to the company Web site.

Doctors, which has one of the largest burn units in the world with the Joseph M. Still Burn Center, has a special interest in healing burns. The hope is the program could eventually help provide material that could aid skin grafts, said Annette Repko, director of women’s services at Doctors.

Dr. Erna Waxman, of West Augusta Obstetrics & Gynecology, said she has encouraged her patients to consider it and most do.

“Everybody’s been really positive,” she said. Their reasoning is much the same as Sarai’s mother.

“There are probably no drawbacks,” Waxman said. “You don’t really lose anything. The placenta is going to be discarded anyway so why not use it?”

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Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 02/06/13 - 09:19 pm
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Fantastic idea! Like it was

Fantastic idea! Like it was mentioned here, there is no apparent negative to this. Very exciting and will provide hope to many who may be in desperate need.

oneofthesane
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oneofthesane 02/07/13 - 10:48 am
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"famous people".....
Unpublished

....have been using placenta based products on their skin/hair for decades now! Been a slight Beverly Hills secret. It slows down aging drastically, prevents stretch marks, heals stretch marks and surgial cuts (scaring). It is slightly sad that it has been around for so long for cosmetic purposes but just coming around now for burn victims etc. Glad it is making it to where it would benefit the most!

grif9505
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grif9505 02/09/13 - 04:59 pm
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Placenta Donation

What a great use of an item that would be tossed otherwise. Doctors is always on the cutting edge. That's why I had my children there.

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