The life-saving treatment that's being thrown in the trash

Story highlights

  • Chris Lihosit was saved by umbilical cord blood from three babies used to treat Leukemia
  • Cord blood banking is still the exception rather than the norm

(CNN)In early August 2015, Chris Lihosit fell ill with an exhausting, dehydrating and pyjama-soaking fever that mysteriously disappeared two days later.

During a check-up, on his 43rd birthday, his doctor named summertime flu the most likely culprit.
    Then the same thing happened again, and it settled into a disturbing pattern: midweek chills and an escalating fever that would break on Sunday. By Monday, Chris would feel fine, only to have the sequence repeat itself.
    He joked about it with colleagues at T-Mobile, where he works in software development, "Well, I hope