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Skiing star stores birth blood as her 'insurance policy'

By Kerri-Ann Roper

Olympic alpine skier Chemmy Alcott has opted to store blood from her umbilical cord and placenta following the birth of her first baby.

Alcott (34) and her husband Dougie Crawford welcomed a baby boy, Locki, on January 13.

The skiing champion, who competed in the Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, Turin, Vancouver and Sochi before retiring from the professional sport in 2014, told Hello!: "It's an insurance policy you don't ever want to use."

The blood contains live-saving stem cells which can, according to the official NHS website, be used to "treat many different cancers, immune deficiencies and genetic disorders".

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