Tetraplegic regains movement when receiving stem cells
The scientific breakthrough has surprised everyone with new treatments and cure for diseases. This time, neuroscientists used stem cell therapy in a young quadriplegic and had a positive result with only two months.
On March 6, 2016, Kristopher Boesen of Bakersfield, USA, suffered a traumatic injury in his cervical spine when his car skidded on a wet road, hit a tree and then a telephone pole.
Kristopher's family was warned that there was a great possibility that the boy would be permanently paralyzed from the neck down. However, a new clinical study could help him and change his life again.
In early April, neuroscientists at USC Keck Medical Center injected an experimental dose of 10 million AST-OPC1 stem cells directly into the cervical spinal cord The team leader, Charler Liu, explained in an interview with the Science Daily: "Usually patients with spinal cord injury undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but usually does very little to restore With this study, we are testing a procedure that can improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use the arms and hands. daily life of patients with severe spinal injuries. "
Two weeks after surgery, the boy already had signs of better The. Doctors reviewed their progress at 7, 30, 60 and 90 days after the injection. After a year they will have a more detailed assessment of Kristopher's case.
Three months later he began to feed himself, use his cell phone, write his name, operate a motorized wheelchair, and embrace his friends and family without the help of anyone. "From 90 days post-treatment, Kris gained a significant improvement in his motor function from up to two levels of the spinal cord," said Charles.
Pioneering surgery is the latest example of how emerging fields of neuroscience and regenerative medicine may have the potential to improve the lives of thousands of patients who have suffered a serious spinal cord injury. The stem cell procedure performed at Kristopher is only half the clinical trial. Researchers are still evaluating the safety and efficacy of increasing doses of AST-OPC1 cells. In previous studies on this cell it has been shown that it is essential for the survival and conduction of nerve impulses through axons at the lesion site, capable of producing neurotrophs, stimulating vascularization and inducing remyelination of bare axons.
To be part of the clinical trial, enrollees must be between the ages of 18 and 69, and their condition must be stable enough to receive an injection of AST-OPC1 between the fourteenth and thirtieth day after the injury.
After three months, Kristopher again made daily movements - photo; disclosure
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