"Now I can touch my mouth. Now I can put my finger in my ear. Now I can open my hands, I can lift them up. I can work on my computer. I can type. I can do many things with my hands."
Gabi Iordache, SCI Stem Cell Patient
What sort of gains can be had by Spinal Cord Injury patients receiving adult stem cell therapies? Let the patients tell you themselves. This month we're releasing a video containing eight StemCellsChina interviewees discussing the improvements they saw in their conditions following adult stem cell transplants.
Patients here have all had between one and six cycles of treatment. They all had incomplete injuries. While not every patient sees the full spectrum of improvements discussed here, this video is intended to give an idea of what real patients have found through today's process.
We'd like to thank all the patients for their courage in sharing their stories with us. Most of the patients featured in this video have patient experience interviews here at StemCellsChina. If you're interested in their stories, check out our StemCellsChina SCI Channel at Vimeo.
Betty is one tough lady. For five years she's been off traditional Relapsing-Remitting Multiple Sclerosis medication following an initial stem cell treatment in 2007. Back recently for a second cycle, we caught up with Betty and her physical therapist, Tom, to discuss her condition.
Here at StemCellsChina we have interviews with Betty going all the way back to her first cycle. For the able-bodied, improvements in quality of life may seem small. What is light perception worth? What is the value of regaining sweat function? Who cares if you regain the ability to wear flip-flops? Just ask the people who can't do those things what it's worth.
Check out these two videos following TBI patients during adult stem cell treatments. Today's best doctors can save lives following horrific injuries and difficult births. They can keep a body alive indefinitely on machines. Patients can even get off the machines and hope to live outside the hospital.
But what then?
Carlos suffered a massive brain injury. He needed resuscitation twice just to be left in a coma. He woke up after two weeks. His doctors said there was nothing more they could do for him. For his family, this meant maintenance for what they had. But they wanted more. In the interview here his father talks about Carlos' condition, the steps they have taken in his rehabilitation and the recovery that has been made. Read Carlos' full patient experience here.
Riccardo had a difficult birth. This is a polite way of saying "things went very wrong at a very bad time." Born at full term, he lost oxygen. This began a set of events that have left him with significant developmental delays and uncontrollable muscle movements. In our second update, join his father as he discusses Riccardo's developments. Read Riccardo's full patient experience here.
Cerebral Palsy patients represent a large number of total patients receiving adult stem cell treatments today. Why? Let them tell you. Let their families tell you. Watch this video.
Patients and their families are very interested in medical progress pushing the boundaries of conventional practice. The Developed World likes to believe we've come a long way in improving the lives of people born with CP but that depends on where you live and the care-level accessible there. Can't afford physical therapy in the USA? No medication? Your CP may be treated in much the same way as it was 100 years ago.
Quality of Life Improvements Start Now
There's another option available. We've been bringing you stories from adult stem cell patients in China for several years now. Some continue to say "it doesn't exist" because some countries don't practice it. But it does. Cerebral Palsy is an "umbrella" condition describing a range of issues. CP patients face a host of challenges. But each patient is unique. Each one is affected differently and for different reasons.
But let these people tell you what they've seen in China while receiving adult stem cell transplants. These aren't actors. These aren't paid spokespersons. These are real patients and their families speaking candidly. Welcome to StemCellsChina.
Prior to treatment, Connor had no light perception whatsoever. Whether he was sitting in his room with the lights off or on made no difference to him. For many people, the change is not significant. It is too subtle. For Connor and his family it is proof that blindness might not be forever.
Connor's a hard-working man. He has a great voice and talent for making music. We've added links to some of his YouTube performances on his Patient Experience page. You can also check out Connor's blog here.