Successful stem cell treatments often serve as beacons of hope for patients dealing with a disease. Often, these patients become preoccupied with transplant success rates, desperate to form an idea of their prognosis. Given this, it is crucial that we continue sharing stem cell therapy success stories to spread awareness and keep hope for disease cure on the rise. Here are just a few stories we came across!
Successful Stem Cell Treatments | 11 Inspiring Success Stories
1. Soldier Cured of Diabetes
A 21-year-old American soldier was on duty in Afghanistan when he sustained a gunshot wound to the back. The bullet damaged his pancreas among several other visceral organs. Because of this unfortunate injury, much of the cells in the pancreas that function to maintain insulin levels in the body were no longer functional. Given this, without proper treatment, the soldier would surely suffer a lifetime of diabetes.
Upon evaluation, it was clear that the soldier’s pancreas was beyond repair. Fortunately for him, his doctors acted fast and saved as much of the pancreas’ insulin-producing islets. Following the extraction of the islets, doctors transplanted them to the liver. Because of this, they were able to restore the balance of insulin in the body.
2. Woman Survives 12 Years After Forgoing Angioplasty
A doctor advised California patient, Dee Coats, to undergo an angioplasty procedure. However, Coats decided to look into other options given that she had previously undergone 24 angioplasty procedures. Coats then sought out adult stem cell treatment in Bangkok. This treatment is an autologous procedure, meaning that it made use of Coats’ own stem cells. Fortunately, the treatment was successful and Coats now enjoys a happy and normal life as a woman in her sixties.
3. Adult Stem Cell Treatment Helps Man with Parkinson’s Disease
59-year-old Phil now lives happily after having undergone 2 adult stem cell therapies. Because of the treatment, his Parkinson’s disease-related symptoms no longer reduce his quality of life. Phil flew to Germany in order to receive the treatment. Moreover, the procedure requires the patient to stay in Germany four to five days and costs approximately $10,000. For Phil, the treatment was entirely worth it and he was able to observe immediate results. However, it is important to understand that you must keep your doctor updated regarding alternative treatment methodologies you are considering.
4. Man with Secondary MS Is Now Capable of Playing Golf
Richard Humphries sought out adult stem cell therapy in Costa Rica to help with his Secondary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis. The therapy involves both autologous and allogeneic processes due to the utilization of both cord blood as well as cells from Humphries’ own fat cells.
Prior to treatment, Humphries was in physical agony and had to take many medications to manage the unbearable pain. Following the adult stem cell therapy, doctors were amazed at his incredible recovery. Currently, he is well enough to compete in golf tournaments.
5. Man with MS Dances Again
Angelina T., the wife of George, an MS patient, expresses her gratitude to the medical team behind her husband’s successful adult stem cell treatment. She wrote several letters detailing the many improvements involving her husband’s health and mobility. Overjoyed, she also wrote about being able to share her first dance with her husband during a New Year celebration after years of immobility. George was able to share this dance with his wife two months following his stem cell treatment. Although George has yet to fully recover, he and his family are thrilled nonetheless.
6. Stem Cells and Healing Hearts
Autologous stem cell therapy is now an option for patients who are at great risk of chronic heart failure. Moreover, stem cell therapy is useful in increasing survival rates when dealing with cases that are more severe. Given that this procedure has little to no risk, patients opt to take their chances. Often, this results in a great improvement in their health and well being.
7. Spanish Stem Cell Organ Transplants
Many consider Spanish experts to be trailblazers when it comes to stem cell therapy. Dr. Fernandez Aviles, in particular, pushed for stem cell organ transplants. This process involves the following steps:
- Obtain a donor organ
- Remove stem cells from donated organ
- Replace donor’s stem cells with the patient’s own adult stem cells
- Organ is ready for transplant into patient
This stem cell organ transplant is an innovation in that it significantly reduces the need for immune system suppressants. Moreover, these suppressants can be very harsh and can even increase one’s risk of developing cancer in the future.
8. Toddler Survives Due to Grandmother’s Stem Cells
Among our stories of successful stem cell treatments is that of Tarun. The four-year-old patient was suffering from Glanzmann’s thrombasthenia, a congenital disease. His condition involved frequent and severe nosebleeds due to problematic platelet development. These nosebleeds were so severe that he often had to undergo blood transfusions.
As time wore on, Tarun was overexposed to all antibodies as a result of his frequent blood transfusions. Because of this, he grew to become unresponsive to the platelet transfusions. As his condition grew worse, his parents were given the option to have him undergo a bone marrow transplant.
Tarun’s first bone marrow transplant which involved having his father as the donor was unsuccessful. Unfortunately, little Tarun’s body rejected the new stem cells. Following this, his doctors tried to look for another match among Tarun’s family members and found that he matched perfectly with his grandmother. This is surprising because of how rare a perfect match between a grandparent and grandchild is. Following his second transplant, Tarun was able to recover from his condition. Currently, he is now capable of living a normal life.
9. Stem Cells Made the Blind See Again
Scientists in Italy have been focusing on restoring sight through stem cell therapy. Moreover, these scientists have already helped a number of patients regain their sight. These patients were mostly blinded due to chemical burn injuries.
The process involves taking adult stem cells from the eye and then culturing them on fibrin. Following this, the doctor then transplants the stem cells to the blind eyes. Due to the introduction of new stem cells to the blind eye, the cornea reforms. Patients who underwent the treatment regained their sight as soon as two months after the transplant.
10. Young Girl with Eisenmenger’s Syndrome Cured
At just three years old, doctors diagnosed young Malia with Eisenmenger’s Syndrome. This condition makes breathing without medical assistance impossible. However, despite what her doctors said about her critical condition, Malia was able to live to see her 16th birthday. Her parents decided to take their chances on stem cell therapy to fix her lungs and close up a hole in her heart. The family had to travel across the country for the procedure but it was all worth it. The young girl made a full recovery! Today, Malia lives as a healthy and happy 23-year-old with a great quality of life.
11. Skeptical Pulmonary Fibrosis Patient Recovers
Jack, a patient with pulmonary fibrosis, is the type of guy who really does his homework. He does his research and asks his doctors a lot of questions. Because of what he had been reading about stem cell therapy for pulmonary fibrosis, he was very skeptical. However, he still took his chances. To his surprise, Jack responded well to stem cell treatment.
Being the diligent person that he is, Jack kept track of his progress. In several entries, he details how his need for additional oxygen is no longer as high as it used to be. Moreover, he is no longer as prone to shortness of breath.
Hear about Laura Dominguez’s Adult Stem Cell Therapy story by watching this video by Stem Cell Facts Now!
It is always great to hear about successful stem cell treatments. Moreover, these stories attest to the great potential of stem cell therapies. Given this, it is important that we maintain our support for research that involves stem cells in medicine.
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