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Paralyzed Young Man Regains Upper Body Mobility With Stem Cell Therapy

Paralyzed Young Man Regains Upper Body Mobility With Stem Cell Therapy

Paralysis, also known as hemiplegia, paralysis, paraplegia or quadriplegia, refers to a medical condition in which a person loses muscle function in a part of his body. Muscle function is lost due to damage or illness to nerve cells that perform the process of sending messages to muscle tissue.

Paralyzed Young Man Regains Upper Body Mobility With Stem Cell Therapy

How does an accident cause paralysis?

Car accidents can cause traumatic brain injury (CTC), as they can involve enough force to fracture or pierce the skull, or cause the brain to collide with the skull bone. The violent blow to the head prevents the brain from communicating with the upper muscles and creates paralysis in these muscles.

A serious accident can also lead to an injury to the spinal cord. This type of injury occurs when there is damage to the vertebrae, ligaments or disks in the spine or spinal cord. The pressure or puncture force in a collision can cause a traumatic shock that fractures, dislocates, crushes or compresses the spinal cord, which in turn prevents muscle control and paralysis.

This is the case of this young man who lost control of his car and woke up in the hospital with the body totally paralyzed.

A paralyzed young man

This is the story of Kristopher Boesen. He experienced an event that turned his life upside down when his car slipped on a slippery road, striking a tree and a lamp post. The doctors warned Kristopher's parents that he will never be able to move his body from his head to his feet.

The surgery


Kristopher was given the opportunity to go through a potentially life-threatening procedure involving stem cells that have the ability to repair damaged nerve tissue by replacing damaged cells. This experimental operation did not guarantee any compensation for Kris's paralysis, but for him, the risk was worth taking.

The process began in April 2016, when Dr. Liu injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells directly into Kris' cervical spinal cord. These cells come from fertilized eggs in vitro, that is to say in a petri dish.

According to Dr. Liu, as a general rule, patients with spinal cord injuries undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but is not effective in repairing motor or sensory function. But the study led by Dr. Liu is testing a procedure that can improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one's arms and hands. Restoring this level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries.

The results

After 3 weeks of therapy, Kristopher showed signs of improvement, and after only 3 months he was able to answer the phone, write his name and use a wheelchair. He had found a significant improvement in his motor functions.

This paralyzed young man has found the mobility of his upper body thanks to the treatment with stem cells

Kristopher was able to improve his movement abilities. This improvement represented a big difference between minimal or no movement and being able to move alone. Kris has regained this incredibly important aspect of autonomy.

After seeing the results of stem cell therapy, Kris was shocked, saying, "Everything I wanted from the beginning was a chance to fight ... But if there is an opportunity for me to walk again So, I want to do everything I can to make it happen. "

The future

Although Dr. Liu and his team at the University of Southern California can not guarantee that Kristopher's condition will improve further, they are determined to continue researching stem cells, and until now they have made tremendous progress.

Stem cell research has a future ahead of it, and can be used for many other conditions besides paralysis, such as Parkinson's disease, diabetes, and cancer. Feel free to share this article that gives hope to people with paralysis!