August 30th, 2006

trend spotting: baby repair kits

Footballer’s wives have always known babies make great designer accessories – not as good as a Chloe Paddington handbag, mind you – but fairly decent nonetheless.

Now the boys are getting in on it. The latest use for their offspring? As “repair kits” for the players.

The Sunday Times has reported that several Premier League football players have stored stem cells from their newborn babies as future protection against a career threatening injury.

It’s thought that in the future the cells can be used to cure ligament and cartilage injuries.

One footballer, playing in the Northwest of England is quoted as saying: “We decided to store our new baby’s stem cells for possible future therapeutic reasons… As a footballer, if you?re prone to injury it can mean the end of your career, so having your stem cells – a repair kit if you like – on hand makes sense.“

Link: Footballers Use Babies As Repair Kits

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