The life of Kristopher Boesen changed completely when he found himself in the hospital after his car accident. He was left paralyzed from the neck down. He had lost control of the car and gone off the road.

The Procedure

The medical procedure that was proposed involved the use of stem cells.  These cells had the ability to repair injured nervous tissue through replacement of damaged cells. Although it was highly risky with no guarantee of success, Kris had no choice but to give it a shot.

Dr Liu and his team administered 10 million AST OPC1 cells into Kris’s cervical cord during the treatment which started in April. As explained by Dr Liu, “Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but does very little to restore motor or sensory function. With this study, we are testing procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands. Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries.”

The Results

Kris showed outstanding progress after only three weeks of therapy and was able to write his name, operate a wheelchair and perform similar day to day activities. His motor functions which are the conveyances of messages to and from the brain to create movement improved greatly.

Kris who had gone from being unable to move at all to function independently on his own said:

“All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance…But if there’s an opportunity for me to walk again, then heck yeah! I want to do anything possible to do that”.

The Future

Although there is no assurance for an improvement doctors will continue to research with stem cells to cure paralysis.

Dr Liu and his team who have made tremendous breakthrough already will continue the research on stem cells.

Stem cell treatment can be used in treatments of other illness including diabetes, cancer and Parkinson’s disease.

Source: Best Healthy Guide

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