Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Maryland man walks after adult stem cell treatment

One Maryland resident left paralyzed from the chest down by transverse myelitis has been able to walk again years after a treatment using ethical adult stem cells taken from his own bone marrow.

In a little more than a year Shawn was paralyzed from the chest down. Five separate doctors told Shawn he'd never walk again. His body began failing him on many levels. About 10 years ago he suffered a lupus stroke and doctors told his family he would die that night. He survived, but was left numb to life, both physically and emotionally.

"With autoimmune, you have fatigue. Excruciating, crushing fatigue," Shawn described.

Doctor after doctor admitted defeat in treating him, until he allowed himself to become an experiment of sorts at the National Institute of Health in Maryland. Here recent research has discovered a new level of blank cells known as stem cells in the human body. They are taken out bone marrow and put it back into the diseased areas of the body to regrow and replace the tainted cells......

For Shawn his stem cell treatment was six years ago. Today he's able to walk up to a half mile on the treadmill - a huge achievement considering just a few years ago the only thing he could do was wiggle his big toe a quarter of an inch.