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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.

An anonymous donor has offered to pay the entire cost of specialist surgery for a man who is hoping to see and walk again after a vicious assault left him blind and paralysed.

Arian Hogan (34) from Ballykeefe, Co Limerick, is hoping that a complex stem cell procedure -- estimated to cost at least 21,000 euros -- in the US will allow him get his life back on track.

Confined to a wheelchair, Mr Hogan burst into tears this week when he learnt that an unidentified person was willing to cover the cost.

The generous benefactor contacted Headway -- an organisation which provides rehabilitative services for people with brain injuries -- and informed them of her wishes to provide full financial backing for Mr Hogan.

The identity of the woman is unknown to the Hogan family and she wishes to remain anonymous.

Mr Hogan's sister, Nevis, said they are extremely grateful and cannot thank her brother's donor enough.

"We have no idea who she is. They rang Headway in Dublin and then got onto the Limerick offices and they let us know. What can we say? -- Only thank you over and over again," Ms Hogan said.

The Hogan family had been fundraising for the unique stem cell treatment which will be overseen by Dr Gabriel Lasala near New Orleans. They are waiting for a phonecall to find out when Brian's treatment can begin.

The Irish Stem Cell Foundation said treatments using stem cells only exist for a handful of blood related cancers and rare blood disorders and have urged any patients considering such   options to speak with medical professionals beforehand (medical "professionals" who will tell them that because THEY have sentenced Arian to a miserable paralysed life and can do nothing about it, he should listen to their lies and suffer---Don Margolis)

Ms Hogan admits there are no guarantees with the procedure. "We have done our research, but put any family in our shoes and what would they do? We know there is no guarantee with stem cell treatments, but we have one shot with this and we want to give Brian every chance. There might be success, there might not, but we'll see," she said.

Mr Hogan went into a three month coma after suffering internal bleeding of the brain when he was punched and struck his head off a footpath in Nottingham, England, in 2009.

He currently lives at Beech Lodge Nursing Home in Bruree, Co Limerick, while his parents remodel their home for him. "We want to thank everyone who has supported Brian so far. There have been people who have helped out in any way they could," Ms Hogan added.

Read more: http://www.belfasttelegraph.co.uk/news/local-national/republic-of-ireland/anonymous-donor-to-fund-us-stemcell-surgery-for-attack-victim-16047330.html#ixzz1XReQwmZW
Posted: 9/9/2011 11:46:43 AM 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.
About Stem Cell Treatment for Diabetes
Traditionally diabetics administer insulin injections in an attempt to replace the function of the pancreas. Studies show there is a new alternative for diabetes treatment by use of stem cells. The use of stem cells can stop the progression of diabetes, and in some cases, eliminate the need for insulin injections.
  1. What is Type 1 Diabetes?
    • Type 1 diabetes, or juvenile diabetes, occurs when the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks the insulin producing cells in the pancreas. Without insulin, the body’s cells cannot absorb glucose. This leaves the glucose in the bloodstream. High blood glucose levels can cause organ deterioration, ketoacidosis, coma and even death.
    What are Stem Cells?
    • Stem cells can convert themselves to special cells like insulin producing beta cells in the pancreas. They also have the ability to repair organs and tissues of the body by dividing themselves without limit. They can be extracted from bone marrow, muscle and the brain. These are called adult stem cells. The cells taken from these areas are able to generate replacements. This is a phenomenal step toward treating diseases like diabetes.
    • The objective of diabetic stem cell treatment is to stop the immune system from attacking the beta cells of the pancreas. It is not possible to reverse diabetes with this method or any other method. The stem cell treatment can only stop the degeneration of the pancreas. Because of this, long-term diabetics will not benefit from this treatment. The best candidates for diabetic stem cell treatment are newly diagnosed patients. These diabetics still have a pancreas that can be saved.
    Diabetes Stem Cell Treatment Study
    • Fifteen diabetic patients with ages ranging from 14 to 31 were part of a stem cell treatment study in Brazil. These patients were given drugs and hormones to move their stem cells from the bone marrow to the bloodstream. Doctors used a device to remove the cells from the bloodstream. After two weeks, the patients received chemotherapy to destroy their current immune system over the course of five days. The patients rested for a day, and then were administered their own stem cells for 12 days. This created a new immune system that would not attack their pancreas.
    Results of Brazil study
    • The results of this treatment enabled 12 patients to stop taking insulin right away. Over the course of 18 months, two patients have not needed insulin injections. Five patients have been insulin-free for 23 months. One patient received no effect from the treatment. Doctors determined the patient’s diabetes progressed too far. According to Dr. Jay Skyler, with the Diabetes Research Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, even if insulin shots are still needed, the treatment is a success if it saves beta cells from being destroyed.
Posted: 4/9/2011 9:36:47 AM 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.

Multiple Sclerosis Patient Gets Life Back From Adult Stem Cells

Another multiple sclerosis (MS)patient from Canada is reporting improvements after adult stem cell treatment from Dr. Shimon Slavin in Israel.  Brent Davidson, from Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, says the adult stem cells which improved his quality of life "wasn’t cheap, but it was worth every penny.” 

Canadian MS Patients Must Leave Canada For Treatment

Davidson followed in the footsteps of fellow Canadians and multiple sclerosis patients  Louis Zylstra and Arndt Roehlig, who went to Dr. Slavin for the stem cell therapy using their own stem cells. 

Multiple Sclerosis Patient Improves From Stem Cell Implantation

Before the stem cells:
  • reduced cognitive functions
  • needed a cane to walk
  • daily fatigue and pain
After the stem cells were implanted:
  • Cognitive functions returned
  • No cane needed, now Davidson is running and playing tennis!
  • Davidson says "5% of the pain" there was before the treatment
From the stem cell news story:

“Five CC’s of clear liquid, which happened to be 49 million of my cleaned cells, were infused into my lower spine,” he said, adding the result was dramatic.

“My body went into a state of delirium, a sort of coma,” he said. “I didn’t know my wife and I forgot my children’s names.”

But that was temporary, and five days later he was released from the hospital, and six weeks after that his balance began to return and now he no longer needs a cane to walk. He’s able to run, ride his bike, and play tennis. Even his cognitive functions have returned.

“I have about five per cent of the pain I had before,” he said. “Every day there’s some improvement.”

Davidson added his doctors here are impressed.

Though stem cell research in Canada is progressing, the procedure is not readily available. The price tag for Davidson’s entire medical procedure was about $30,000 USD, not including travel and accommodation costs.

“It wasn’t cheap, but it was worth every penny,” he said.

Another Cochrane resident and MS patient travelled to a clinic in Germany for a similar procedure.

Kim Johnson’s results have not been as dramatic as Davidson’s, though her eyesight has improved and she does have more mobility.

“I’m so glad I did it,” she said. “Things are coming, but I’d hoped it would have been faster.”

Hoping Stem Cell Treatment Will Come To Canada Faster

Well, I wouldn't have to publicize Canadians MS patients going abroad if adult stem cell treatment was available in Canada. Unfortunately, this safe treatment is not. Therefore, Canadians must travel abroad and pay money out of their own pocket for treatment that actually helps them. I guess that "free" Canadian health care isn't so great if you actually have to use it.
Posted: 2/18/2010 1:06:38 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 Doctor Helps Woman With Brain Injury

In another victory for stem cell research using Adult Stem Cells, a woman in India is recovering from a traumatic brain injury suffered in a car accident.  Madhumalika, 27,  had her own adult stem cells implanted into her brain for the therapy and treatment.

In a Coma, Nothing to Lose- Her Own Adult Stem Cells To The Rescue

Madhumalika had been in a coma for more than 3 months.  Her family had given up hope.  Her father said ""We had no hope of getting her back after the fatal injury. Also, we were unsure of the effects of the therapy on her. But we had to take a chance."

With the help of Dr. N K Venkataramana, chief neurosurgeon of BGS Hospitals,Madumalika had the stem cells from her bone marrow put into her brain.  The results?

From the stem cell article:

In the surgery done in March, four million stem cells per body weight, which were prepared at Stempeutics Research Pvt Ltd, were injected directly into her brain.

After a month of the transplant, she showed considerable improvement. She became conscious, started talking and could move her limbs. She was also able to recognize family members and friends.

Dr. N K Venkatarmana - Can you say the name of this stem cell doctor 3 times fast?

As noted above, the stem cell research and treatment was carried out by Dr. N K Venkataramana.  One doesn't easily forget a name like that.  Dr. Venkataramana was the same doctor (neurosurgeon) who helped Aaditya, the lovely young boy suffering from  Niemann Pick Type C, with Aaditya's own stem cells.    You can read more about Aaditya's stem cell treatment at his own web site set up by his family Hope for Aaditya

This all leads back to "Why isn't this available in the United States?"-  Treatment with your own stem cells - not as a cure, but as a beneficial treatment that should be done especially when the patient has nothing to lose such as in this case.  By not being able to use our own stem cells as a therapy, it  is causing unnecessary deaths and unnecessary suffering each day we delay.
Posted: 6/10/2009 10:16:09 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.
In another event showing that Adult Stem Cell research in India is truly ahead of the curve,  Adult Stem cells implanted into a woman in a coma from a brain stroke have partially revived her. This stem cell therapy partially waking up a woman is believed to be only the second time in history this has been done with stem cells.

Two years ago, this woman suffered a brain stroke while in a hospital in Sakaal, India. She had been in a coma ever since. Her husband approached a stem cell company in India and asked that she be implanted with her own stem cells taken from her bone marrow. The doctors agreed it could be done and did it.

Here is more from Chaitanya Purandare, the managing director of the stem cell company- Stem One, in India:

The therapy was applied by extracting the patient’s bone marrow stem cells. They were then enriched in the company’s laboratory and injected into the Cerebral Spinal Fluid (fluid present in the spinal cord).

“The dose comprises three injections. After giving injections, the lady, who has been lying still in a vegetative state, has now shown improvements like clenching her fists, turning on the bed without any external support. These may appear too little but for the relatives of a comatose person it is a huge relief,” Purandare said.

Purandare said this therapy does not completely cure a person but helps in improving living condition of the patient. The level of cure also depends on the person’s age and how early the disease is detected.

“This field of treatment is called regenerative medicine. Injecting stem cells into the affected organ revives sick tissues. Like, a patient with spinal cord injury is able to control functioning of bladder. The three doses of injection cost around Rs 80,000. It may sound costly but comparative high expenditure involved in allopathic treatment, this is reasonable. This could become affordable if insurance companies include regenerative treatment in their medi-claim policies,” he said.

Where do I start?  This article and Chaitanya Purandare hit everything right on the head.  A patient with nothing to lose is implanted with her own stem cells and she is improved.  Adult Stem Cells aren't a 100% cure all, but they do help in most cases.  Believe me, these patients and their family members and friends understand and appreciate these victories. If a spinal cord injury patient regains control of his/her bladder thanks to stem cells- that is huge to the patient.

And these treatments probably would save money in the long run.  For example, if a heart patient implants his/her  own stem cells, the resulting benefits may save them from having to implant a pacemaker, may spare them from a bypass, and it may even save them from having a heart transplant-- think how much money would be saved by insurance companies in the long run if this were covered by insurance.

Something to think about....

You can read the full stem cell article here
Posted: 2/16/2009 7:51:08 AM by Don Margolis | with 0 comments

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