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Three years ago, Vlada Kravchenko attended a party as a strong and healthy teenager but left in an ambulance, paralyzed after a lighting structure collapsed on her.

Today, the 19-year-old is organizing her own party to show everyone how stem cell treatment has begun changing her life, and pleading with the Maltese to help her “finish the job”.

After three trips to receive, which cost more than €30,000, Ms Kravchenko – who is of Ukrainian origin – is already showing huge signs of improvement.

Standing up with the help of a walking frame – something she could not do before the treatment – the former gymnast and aspiring model addressed a press conference yesterday to thank all those who helped her in her quest to dance again.

“When I decided to make my story public and launch the campaign, I wanted to create awareness about how stem cell treatment can help spinal cord injuries. Now my research has been backed up by my own experience,” she said, pointing out that the treatment must be supplemented with determination and motivation. Ms Kravchenko said the experimental treatment, which uses her own stem-cells, had enabled her to stand up and she was slowly regaining strength around her body, even though she still needs a wheelchair to get around comfortably.

Though she is still fighting for compensation in court (one of the companies responsible for the lighting structure has since liquidated, making this more difficult), all her expenses have had to be covered through donations.

Posted: 3/28/2011 6:31:10 AM by CJ Simpson | with 0 comments
Filed under: Research, Spinal Cord, Stem Cells, Therapy, Treatment

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