Taking a hike with a grandchild is a joy to any grandparent, but to multiple sclerosis patient Mary Posta - just six months past her stem-cell treatment - that experience is a blessing.
“I went with my granddaughter to Washington state, and there was a beach about a half-mile down a nature trail that we would walk every day together,” Mary said. “That is something that I couldn’t have done before Costa Rica. Now, it didn’t phase me.”
Mary went to Costa Rica on Feb. 8 after raising $30,000 in nine months - mostly from strangers - for her stem-cell treatment. She enrolled in an intensive four-week program of stem-cell and physical therapies. She first made headlines in the local papers in January, when she urged people to stop donating money because she had received what she needed.
Now, six months after therapy, she wants to let people know she is doing well.
“I can walk, talk, sleep. I am doing great,” she said.
She still has some problems, such as numbness in her right arm. “But it’s stuff I can live with. Compared to the improvements, I have no complaints. Sometimes my balance is off, but that could be age.”
Mary celebrated her 60th birthday on March 12, four days after returning from Costa Rica. And it’s not only trips to the beach she’s been able to enjoy since.
“My granddaughter is 4 years old, and when we got back (from the beach) and I made it with no problems, we had lunch and we kept going,” Posta said. “We went to the zoo and walked all over. I got tired, but normal tired.”
“Normal” had not been in Mary’s vocabulary much prior to stem cells.
ED NOTE: Big Pharma bribed the regulators in Costa Rica (as in North America) to eliminate the greatest challenge to drug profits, adult stem cells. It was the most successful stem cell center in the western hemisphere, with hundreds of satisfied patients. With not a shred of scientific proof, and ignoring the many published papers by the center’s doctors, the corrupt government closed it, accompanied by celebration in the press by the crooked American scientists who engineered it for Big Pharma. What you will NOT read in the controlled press such as the NY Times, is that the same regulators had immediately given a new license to their friends.
The good news is that you need not go to Costa Rica ever again and pay the certainly less-competent bribing doctors for stem cells. The original five doctors are now all in Panama—same treatments, same cost, same successes. For more info, write don@RepairStemCells.org. The subject should be “Panama” and the message should show the disease for which you want info.
Way back in 2009, Sarah Schutt was a 22 year old college student studying to become a Physician’s Assistant. Then she heard that her 2-year-old hypoplasia-blinded daughter was not incurable, but that many such babies had some vision returned in China. She left college, spent days and weeks learning about stem cells, raised funds from a generous small-town community and….well, let’s start at the beginning.
When Heather Schutt was born in 2007, she was blind, unable to see the faces of those who loved her, were caring for her. When she was two years old, local charitable organizations and donors raised $36,000 to send Heather to Qingdao, China, for a treatment that uses umbilical-cord stem cells to restore sight. The treatment for those with optic nerve hypoplasia is unavailable in the United States….and Sarah knows better than most why. “I was able to do a lot of research on my own,” she said.
Heather traveled with her mother, 23-year-old Sarah Schutt, and her great-grandmother, Nancy Erb, of Mifflinburg, to the Chinese hospital, where she received six intravenous treatments in four weeks.
“I don’t think she really understands,” Sarah said of Heather’s grasp of what happened to her. “She knew we weren’t home, and she really didn’t like the needle part …”After a five-week stay in China, they returned home July 20..
Medical professionals in China performed blood work every week on Heather, and though they explained the process, Sarah knew exactly what to expect and had few worries.
“I probably knew as much as the nurses,” she joked.
Physicians in America told Sarah that optic nerve hypoplasia causes vision problems and affects hormones. But in China, Sarah learned others had suffered even more as a result of it. The condition can cause growth, weight and brain damage, though it is not degenerative. Each child with the condition may be affected differently.
“It could get better,” Sarah said. “But without stem cells, most people don’t see a difference.”
Sarah said it is politics that kept such a procedure from being conducted in the United States.
“China uses umbilical-cord stem cells,” Sarah said, “which is pretty much considered medical waste.”
The embryonic component, however, continues to be added to legislative bills, and nothing is ever passed because of the controversy, she said. The treatment is used also to heal diseases such as multiple sclerosis.
When Heather was 4 months old, Sarah said, “We just didn’t think her sight was right. They hoped to have a pediatrician examine Heather, but then she got sick, had a seizure, and was in the hospital for 11 days. Her sugar level had dropped, and that’s when physicians discovered her hormone and sight trouble.
Optic nerve hypoplasia is one of the leading causes of blindness in children. “It was hard to accept at first,” Sarah said. “One of the first things we were told was there’s nothing that can be done.” While Heather couldn’t see or understand what was happening, Sarah was trying to settle the news in her own mind as well. But about four to five months later, hope arose.
Trucker Harold Wohlheiter, a member of the Masonic Motorcycle Club International Chapter 38, had picked up a publication in Harrisburg called “Moving On,” a magazine with articles all about truckers. One of those articles was about a little boy from Pennsylvania who had optic nerve hypoplasia. The boy’s grandparents had learned about stem cell surgery in China and raised the money necessary to send him there.
“I had this article in the truck for several weeks,” he said.
And then, one Sunday morning, while attending a breakfast at a local American Legion post, he met some of Heather’s relatives, including her grandparents, Linda and Glen Troup, whom he knew but hadn’t seen in several years. “We started reminiscing and talking,” Wohlheiter said.
A grandfather himself, he said they began sharing information about their grandchildren. The Troups then explained to him about Heather and her vision condition — the same one he had read about in the magazine article. “It’s like someone hit me with a hammer,” he said. The Lord really does work in mysterious ways---Don M.
He gave the article to the Troups, and Sarah contacted the Pennsylvania family in the article to get more information about what they may be able to do for Heather. But Wohlheiter thought he needed to do more, and he pitched the idea to raise money for Heather to his fellow motorcycle riders with Chapter 38.
“This thing fell in my lap,” he told them, “and I think we needed to do something.” His organization and another combined to raise about $20,000 for the trip. “Everyone was touched by this little girl’s story,” Wohlheiter said. Even in the rain, members showed up to run a fundraiser for Heather last August.
“I think it’s absolutely wonderful we could help give her sight,” said Nicole Longenberger, president of Coming Together with a Cause. “It’s the best gift — to see the faces of her loved ones, the smiles on their faces, and bright colors.”
The organization conducts two fundraisers each year to help children in need. Chapter 38 also does several fundraisers each year to help people in the community. In July, they escorted the body of a lance corporal killed overseas from the airport to his hometown of Williamsport. “It was a honor to do this,” Wohlheiter said, “but I don’t know if I want to do it again. It’s hard to ride a motorcycle while crying.”
It was hard to tell how fully the treatment had affected Heather’s vision at first. Once seeing only light and shadows, Sarah said, “We know she had vision before.” In addition, “She’s always been confident and independent,” she said.
But some changes were noticed after the first few treatments, and since July 20, when they returned home, and the stem cells began to work, Sarah said she has seen progress in her daughter.
When toys once had to be a foot in front of her for Heather to notice they were there — and then only an outline or a shadow — she now can located a toy three feet away.
And when once she swept in with both hands to take hold of something, she is now using one hand.
Her speech has also improved.
Sarah said doctors told her it could take up to six months to a year to see the full effects of the treatment.
Already beginning to teach Heather how to read Braille, Sarah is hoping that the little girl won’t need it.
“Our goal is that she will be able to function in public school,” Sarah said, “even if it’s with a little help.”
Heather continues to do the same things she’s always done.
She loves junk food, and often asks for her favorite foods — applesauce, pudding and “sghetti.”
Her favorite toy is a big ball won at the Union County West End Fair.
Sarah plans to dress Heather in a couple of traditional Chinese dresses she bought while in China, and take her picture to post on thank-you cards to all those who helped to send her there.
An annual haunted hay ride fundraiser will continue to be held in October to raise money to assist in Heather’s return to the Chinese hospital for more treatments that could help to restore even more of her sight, or for other families who want to go to China for the same.
This year, the ride will be held Oct. 22-23, and Oct. 29-30 at the West End Fairgrounds.
Donations may be made to Heather Schutt’s Medical Expense Trust at Mifflinburg Bank & Trust Co., P.O. Box 186, Mifflinburg, PA 17844.
More information is available by visiting www.myspace.com/stemcells4heather, e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org, or calling Sarah or Linda at 524-4184.
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In May, 2005, California heart patient Dee Coats was told by her cardiologist that she needed an angioplasty. Angioplasty is a very common surgical technique of mechanically widening a narrowed or obstructed blood vessel; typically as a result of atherosclerosis.
Dee stared at the doctor and didn’t say much as she walked out. What she didn’t say was that she had undergone TWENTY FOUR ANGIOPLASTIES and would rather die than get that useless-to-her operation for the 25th time.
Searching the internet, Dee found TheraVitae, the only company in the world treating no-option heart patients with stem cells in 2005. She was soon approved for treatment and on her way to Bangkok. The procedure was a success. Within a month she shocked her angioplasty-pushing doctor with her lively appearance and energy---long missing from her life despite 24 wonderful “modern procedures.”
Two years later, in July, 2007, she wrote: “As I sit here typing this I am in still in amazement of the gift of life that God saw fit to make available to me through VesCell (TheraVitae’s brand name) Adult Stem Cell Therapy . My life has certainly changed for the better; I live an almost near normal life now.
When you have been at the bottom and felt you had no hope and you take that chance that just maybe you will be one of the few to see a new dawning in your life that is when there is an inner strength and the faith to seek new area for healing.”
In July, 2009, after 4 years, Dee told us: “Life is great and continues to get even better. I still get a little tired when I do too much, but don't we all? People are so amazed that I am so healthy and look so well. And they always say, "It was from your own stem cells, how awesome is that?" It seems as if our country, the United States of America would just go forward with the knowledge that is here, so many more people could benefit from this wonderful treatment. Since I have had my treatment, I have had three new great-grand children, seen my two youngest grand children graduate from high school and managed to go to school myself.”
FAST FORWARD TO JULY 2010, as Dee, now in her sixties, becomes TheraVitae’s second five-year, no-relapse patient. Dee tells us: "I just passed my five year anniversary...still going strong and enjoying life..........thank you ASC's (Adult Stem Cells).”
VesCell™ uses a patient’s own adult stem cells to treat Heart Disease and is a viable alternative for patients who either cannot undergo or choose not to undergo the standard treatment such as Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG), heart transplants, or receiving maximal therapy. The company focused on using stem cells from the patient’s own blood in order to treat a variety of disorders, especially cardiovascular diseases. The company has developed a proprietary stem cell technology called VesCell™ that is currently being used by hospitals in Thailand to treat patients with heart disease. The company has treatment centers in Bangkok, Dominican Republic, and soon in Europe.
VesCell Web Site – http://www.vescell.com
COPD PATIENT CHANGED FROM COUCH-POTATO TO MORE ACTIVE LIFESTYLE BY HIS OWN STEM CELLS
A retired chauffeur from Sussex, England, is indeed breathing easier following his stem cell therapy for COPD this past June. Mr. Wade also worked many years as a compositor for a printing company where he handled lead and other dangerous chemicals that he feels may have contributed to his COPD. (Ed Note: We feel he is correct about this.)
"I was taken ill with pneumonia in June 2009 and whilst in hospital I was diagnosed with COPD but I had had breathing problems since 2008 and this was being looked into by my doctor. I was very out of breath and weak and gradually became unable to carry out normal day to day activities. I couldn't do any gardening, cooking or decorating; I wasn't well enough to go on holiday. I used to sit in a chair doing very little. I wasn't able to shower without any assistance. I seldom left my home."
The stem cells were implanted via minimally invasive angiography into Mr. Wade's pulmonary arteries. The entire procedure normally takes about 90 minutes.
When asked about his progress since undergoing stem cell therapy, Mr. Wade replied, "Three weeks after treatment, I went to see my doctor in a London hospital. He carried out two tests and noted an improvement since my last (pre-stem cell) visit. Since the stem cell treatment, I have stopped using the inhalers which I used twice a day. I can now go on short walks. I can also go out with my friends and my breathing is so much improved. I've even felt able recently to cook a meal which I haven't done in over a year. " He went on to add, "My physiotherapist is amazed at how well I am doing for someone with COPD. I also had my SATS taken recently and they were 98%; a great improvement."
Do you know someone suffering needlessly from COPD with his useless prescription drugs? Repair Stem Cell Institute has three approved stem cell centers to choose from: Germany, Mexico and Central America…all with experienced trusted doctors using the patient’s own stem cells and charging roughly the same price.
For more info: email Don@RepairStemCells.org. Put COPD Treatment in the subject and which of the three centers you wish to learn about in the message.