Wednesday, May 21, 2008

LifeFacts - Multiple Sclerosis Patient Treated with Own Adult Stem Cells

Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 1995, Barry Goudy self-administered weekly injections and suffered flu-like symptoms that would last all weekend. The side effects of the medication changed his personality by causing him to become irritable and his quality of life gradually deteriorated. He gained weight, felt bloated and acquired Bell's Palsy which damaged his optic nerve, blurring his vision. With continued use, he eventually became immune to the medication.

Barry happened upon a study at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago using experimental stem cell research. In May of 2003 Barry's stem cells were harvested and cultured. In July, he received the adult stem cell transplant. After 4 months he went back to work, symptom free. This coming July, Barry will be celebrating his 5th year free from any symptoms of MS and is looking forward to an active life of playing racquetball, golf and coaching hockey.

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