For the chance to regain any function possible esp. bowel and bladder
Condition Prior to Coming for Treatment
Prior to treatment I was three years post-injury. My injury was assesed as L1 ASIA A incomplete. My motor function was classed L2 and sensory level at L3. I had no bladder or bowel function/ control. I had no movement below the knees, and significant weakness and paralysis in glutes, hamstrings, hips and abductor muscles. I had normal strength and sensation in knees, quads, adductors, abdominal and back muscles. I had no sensation besides pressure below the knees and at the backs of my legs and my buttocks. I had limited sweat function in lower limbs. I could walk with the aid of two walking sticks and two ankle-foot orthosis (AFOs). I did physiotherapy three times per week.
David Aldrich sent us a short clip of his first attempts at standing in over six years. Here is the letter he sent along with the clip.
Today was truly a day of Thanksgiving for me. I went to therapy for what I expected would be my last day of gait training. They hired a new therapist who is 6'5'' and strong enough to handle my weight. After three sessions of standing in the gait machine he felt that I had the potential to try and stand up without the machine. On the first attempt he said I was able to bear between 50-75 percent of my weight. On the second attempt he told me I was on my own and that he was only using his hands to balance me. Then he wanted me to try to stand from a seated position which is shown in the attached clip.
It was decided that I have the potential to pursue my goal of being able to walk on my own. With the help of Michael, my new therapist, that goal has become more realistic than ever! My stem cells are really working overtime. Thanks to my family for always being there to support and to all of you who gave me encouragement along the way!
Check out the video below and follow David through his Patient Experience and past videos here.
Gabi has released a new short (5 minute) film about his experience during his third trip to China. Gabi returned to China for a third round of stem cell transplants in October, 2007. He stayed at the Xiaoshan Hospital in Hangzhou for six weeks receiving seven transplants via lumbar puncture. Following his stay in Hangzhou he moved to Shenzhen for two months of rehabilitation.
Check it out at YouTube and Vimeo . It's available in English and will soon be available in Romanian and Chinese (中文).