Home Briefs: 178 successful blood transplants in 10 years

178 successful blood transplants in 10 years

At least 178 patients have been given a new lease of life, thanks to blood transplants from the Singapore Cord Blood Bank (SCBB) during its 10 years in existence, Senior Minister of State for Health Amy Khor said yesterday.

Speaking at the SCBB's 10th anniversary celebrations last night, Dr Khor stressed the importance of creating our own repository of cord blood - from umbilical cords - which is the major source of stem cells in Singapore.

"With the rising incidence of blood cancer in Singapore, the need for a reliable resource of high quality blood stem cells is becoming more critical," she said.

Child abuse caught on camera, maid charged

A maid has been charged in court for allegedly abusing her employer's children.

The employer, Mr Christopher Sun, posted a video of the alleged abuse on his Facebook page. In the clip taken by a surveillance camera, Indonesian Khaerun Nisa Selfitriya, 28, can be seen kicking a child, identified as his two-year-old daughter, to the floor.

The maid had been working for his family for five months, he added.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on October 17, 2015, with the headline 'Home Briefs: 178 successful blood transplants in 10 years'. Print Edition | Subscribe