Real People and Adult Stem Cell Therapies (2004)

Here’s a sampling, from late 2004, of real people who have greatly benefited from, or been cured by, adult stem cell therapies. Adult stem cells come from various tissues and organs in the human body (without adverse effects), or from the placenta or umbilical cord blood preserved after the birth of a baby. These are all ethical sources of stem cells. [Keep in mind that unethical, embryo-destructive stem cell research has, as yet, produced not one successful therapy.] Spinal Cord Injuries Laura D. and Susan F. both paralyzed in car accidents, can now walk with the aid of braces or a “walker” frame. Dr. Carlos Lima of Portugal has successfully treated these women and dozens of other patients by transplanting stem cells from their own olfactory mucosa to the site of the spinal cord injury. Their rehabilitation continues, with the goal of being able to walk unassisted. Melissa Holley, whose spinal cord was severed in an auto accident, was treated in Israel with macrophages from her own blood, and has regained  muscle movement and bladder control. Hwang Mi-soon of South Korea now walks with a frame after being paralyzed for 20 years. She received transplanted umbilical cord blood stem cells at the site of her spinal injury. Heart attack damage Dmitri Bonnville and perhaps 100 other patients in the U.S., Germany, Brazil, and France have been treated with their own stem cells to regenerate heart muscle tissue that “died” during a heart attack or injury. The heart’s pumping ability was greatly improved in most cases. Corneal regeneration Michael May (blind 43 years), Jon Newton (blind 30 years), and Shawn Smith (blind 10 years).have...