Imagine having no control over the car you drive and being paralyzed in a hospital from the neck down. That was the case with Kristopher Boesen who got his life turned upside down after a car wreck in a tree and lamp post. Doctors said his parents he might never walk again and be paralyzed from the neck down.
Kris got the chance to be treated with stem cells that could repair the injured nerve tissues by simply replacing those cells. The experiment did not guarantee great results but this was worth doing.
This started in April and then Dr. Liu gave injection of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells in the spine of Kris. Liu said that the injury of the spinal cord can undergo a surgery to stabilize the spine but cannot quite restore every motor motion. With this, still the procedure is tested for the neurological work and this might mean that a difference between paralyzed and being able to use arms and hands is significant. Restoring this work means greatly improved lives of anyone involved.
After a therapy of 3 weeks, Kris had improvement and after 2 months he answered the phone and wrote his name down, he also managed the wheelchair himself. His motor work was better and the brain got all the messages sent to him.
The 2 spinal chord levels were recovered and this made better movements. From none he got to a better movement and worked on his own. He became independent.
After the stem cell results, Kris was blown away. That is all he ever wanted, to move again and he would stop at nothing until he reached the final goal.
Doctors never made big promises to Kris and his improvement but they kept on doing more researches for the stem cells to work on paralyses fully.
Until now, there were made big steps to this progress and hopefully this continues in the future too. They even plan on teaming with faculties across KSOM and the university to further study the stem cells. Said Liu and the USC team.
This research still goes on and can be further successful more even for Parkinson’s to diabetes and even cancer.
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