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Maureen Feighan/ The Detroit News
 
St. Clair Shores— Leaning against the coffee table in his family's living room, 8-year-old Kaden Strek has a joke up his sleeve.
 
Kaden, who has cerebral palsy and is legally blind, knocks on the table with a curled hand.
"Knock, knock," says his mom, Eddie. "Who's there?"
"Boo," says Kaden, eyes downcast, head bowed to his chest, his voice garbled.
"Boo hoo," responds Eddie, sending Kaden into a fit of giggles.
 
He was born three months early to an addict mom, and Kaden's short life has been anything but lighthearted. Doctors gave him just days to live and predicted he would be a "vegetable" if he survived.
 
Kaden had other plans. Today, he walks with a walker, uses a variety of words and some sign language to communicate, and is obsessed with the children's music group the Wiggles.
 
"It's his M.O. He proves people wrong," said dad Tom, who, with Eddie, has fostered Kaden since birth, adopting him at 2.
 
Now, Tom and Eddie, short for Elisabeth, are hoping Kaden will defy the odds again — this time with the help of controversial stem cell transplants for which they'll travel more than 6,000 miles to China later this month. The goal: to improve Kaden's vision, balance and speech.

Kaden will receive four transplants using umbilical cord stem cells at China's Beike Biotechnology, a company that treats more than 200 international patients every month. Kaden also will get six weeks of intense physical and occupational therapy during their stay.
 
"This has the possibility to change his life," said Eddie Strek, a former paralegal and executive assistant. "I have to try because that possibility exists. I don't think I could live with myself if I didn't try."
Since stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy is not available in the United States, insurers don't cover the treatment, meaning patients pay out of pocket.
 
The Strek family has already raised $45,000 of the $50,000 needed for their trip through fundraisers, but the family will need another $18,000 for equipment and therapy when they return home.
 
 
Posted: 6/7/2011 2:38:07 PM by Guest Blogger | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.
EXCELLENT RESPONSE IN 5 YEAR-OLD GIRL WITH CEREBRAL PALSY/BRAIN DAMAGE AT BIRTH
March 6, 2010

The quality and quantity of a doctor's Repair Stem Cell treatment created a unique response in a 5 year-old girl with brain damage, paralyzed since birth [her SC treatment was performed at a stem cell clinic very recently].

Three days after infusion of 40 million [umbilical and placenta] stem cells prepared by the doctor's lab, the parents of the child called stating that their little girl started crawling into cabinets, then walking into cabinets & closets, pulling at objects and wandering about in their home.

This is the first time [she's ever done any of this] since birth 5 years ago. This is so far the best results that this doctor and another treating stem cell doctor has seen in the dozens of children treated. [The huge improvements are attribute to] Great stem cell culture and expansion in quantity to 40 million. All of the treating doctor's stem cells are fresh, unfrozen stem cells expanded in an incubator.

Not only is there no freezing, there is no DMSO used (Dimethyl sulfoxide - a chemical added to the Repair Stem Cells to prevent damage during freezing). No chemicals at all.
Posted: 3/8/2010 4:18:45 PM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.

Eating Improves For Girl With Cerebral Palsy After Treatment With Stem Cells

A New Zealand girl with cerebral palsy and epilepsy traveled all the way to Mexico for stem cell treatment that has already improved her quality of life.  Jaide Pearson, 8, and her family went to Mexico for therapy using donated cord blood stem cells and is already seeing the benefits of the adult stem cells.

From the stem cell research success story:

Jayne Pearson said Jaide Pearson, 8, was more alert, happier and eating pots of dairy food and mashed baby food instead of relying completely on tube feeding.

Jaide is a blind quadriplegic with epilepsy and cerebral palsy. Her mother and grandparents raised about $40,000 to take her to a Tijuana clinic in Mexico five months ago, hoping for a miracle cure.

Ms Pearson said eating and sitting up in the back of the car with just a seatbelt were the most marked improvements since the trip to the Mexican clinic. "She is eating more every day and has put on weight. She also seems brighter, happier, is sleeping better, can hold her head up in her wheelchair and stares at things," Ms Pearson said.

Before the treatment, Jaide had to sit in a special car seat as she could not sit upright unaided.

The treatment involves inserting cells from umbilical cords of healthy new babies to the base of the patient's brain.

Her grandfather, Norm Pearson, said Jaide's improvement in eating was the most marked improvement he had noticed. "Her prime nourishment still comes from a tube but she now enjoys one meal a day. We used to try and feed her real food before but it was a real effort just getting her to open her mouth and get any food in. Now she eats a whole pot of dairy food, it is a big improvement," Mr Pearson said.

With the medical profession here only offering medication to help control Jaide's symptoms, Ms Pearson said she had to give the stem cell treatment a go.

New Zealand to Mexico For Therapy With Stem Cells

Yet another child with cerebral palsy helped by adult stem cells.  And this family had to travel all the way from New Zealand to Mexico for the treatment.  Why?  Because adult stem cell treatment isn't available in New Zealand. A harmless treatment that can only help and families are forced to travel thousands of miles for help that their own country won't provide. 

Other Cerebral Palsy Stem Cells Stories

Last week, we covered Mia Allen, a young Irish girl with cerebral palsy who had to travel to China for stem cell treatment using cord blood stem cells. And we also recently covered this girl with cerebral palsy who was helped by her own stem cells stored from her cord blood. 

Posted: 2/24/2010 12:38:42 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.

Girl With Cerebral Palsy Helped By Stem Cell Research

The parents of a young girl with cerebral palsy (CP)are already reporting improvements in their daughter's quality of life after completing adult stem cell therapy in China.  Mia Allen, 2, completed 30 days of treatment and research recently using stem cells taken from donated cord blood.

Muscle Tone Improved From Stem Cells

The family from Seanaféistín in Costello, Ireland returned from China in December, 2009 after the therapy.  Since then, Mia's mother Barbara says " "I have noticed a marked improved in her since we came home. She is definitely seeing and hearing more and her muscle tone is definitely stronger."  

From the stem cell news story:

But yesterday her mother Barbara told The Connacht Tribune that their “little angel” is already enjoying improved sight and hearing as well as stronger muscle strength.

This is after eight stem cells treatment administered intra-venously at a hospital in the Quingdao region, where she was for five and a half weeks.

Barbara and Mia were joined by Mia’s father Seamus for the last week and the three of them returned home the day before Christmas Eve.

“The hospital and the staff were fantastic. They all loved Mia and even now if she hears Chinese music she smiles. And she loved the food there. The only set back was she developed an allergy to the milk there because it is not pasteurised but we soon got over that,” said Barbara, who was told when her daughter was born that she wouldn’t survive beyond the age of two, would never lift her head and would never smile.

Mia, who is diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, has defied the medics and is due to celebrate her third birthday this July.

Other Cerebral Palsy Stem Cell Research Success Stories

Plenty of other cerebral palsy patients have improved after stem cell treatment.  We have dozens of stem cell research success stories in our cerebral palsy section
Posted: 2/20/2010 3:53:34 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


Are you or a loved one interested in receiving stem cell treatment? For free information, please fill out our treatment form or email me don@repairstemcells.org and just put TREATMENT in the subject box and the MEDICAL CONDITION in the message.

Stem Cell Research Trial Gives Girl Improvement In Cerebral Palsy

The mother of a Tampa Bay girl says her daughter is 85% cured of her cerebral palsy following her participation in a stem cell research trial at Duke University.  The parents of Alyssa Dupuis call it a medical miracle following the implantation of adult stem cells saved from her cord blood at birth.

The treatment took place at a research trial at Duke University for children with cerebral palsy and also who have stored their cord blood at birth.  If you have not stored your child's cord blood, the FDA and Duke says you are out of luck and must seek therapy outside the United States. 

From the stem cell news story:

Call it mother's intuition, but years before she had banked Alyssa's umbilical cord blood at birth. “I said to my husband, I said ‘Hey, we may have a shot here to reverse what has happened to Alyssa.’” 

The stem cell infusion took only 15 minutes.  Back home, the family must report to researchers any changes every 3 months. “Her speech has exploded, unbelievable. She is about what I would consider 85 percent cured from CP. She can walk flatfooted with a leg brace."

The treatment cost about $10,000 - not covered by insurance because its still deemed experimental and the cost to recover and bank those stem cells is also in the thousands of dollars but Andrea says, “When it comes to your child, you'll pay anything."

Stem Cells Helping CP Now

Other patients who have been helped by the research stem cell trial at Duke are John Centrello, another lad with cerebral palsy.   Maia Friedlander, a girl who with her family traveled all the way from New Zealand.

Adult Stem Cells Not Available In United States

If you have not saved your child's cord blood and your child has cerebral palsy, you do have some options, but none involve treatment in the United States.  You may have to go for overseas stem cell treatment .  Costa Rica, China, Germany, Mexico, El Salvador are all other options where you can get your child stem cell therapy using either donated cord blood stem cells or your child's own stem cells taken from his bone marrow.


Posted: 2/11/2010 4:49:52 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments


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