Umbilical Cord Blood Cell Infusion Causes Cerebral Palsy Symptoms to Reverse
In between running to doctors appointments, therapy appointments, and living every day life, most parents of children with cerebral palsy spend their precious free time looking for the next miraculous treatment.
Stem cell therapy harvested from umbilical cords
One treatment making the headlines is a stem cell therapy. When a child is born, parents can choose to bank the baby’s umbilical cord. One reason to make this investment is the stem cells within the cord can be helpful should the child get sick later in life. The cost of storing cord blood runs around $2,000.
Hemiplegic cerebral palsy
One story that is causing many parents to really think about and consider this option is of Chloe, an Arizona resident who was diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 12 months. When Chloe was 9 months old, her parents noticed she wasn’t able to hold her bottle with her right hand, and she also could not raise both hands above her head or crawl. She was eventually diagnosed with right-side hemiplegic cerebral palsy. Hemiplegia is a form of cerebral palsy that affects one arm and leg on the same side of the body.
The diagnosis seemed to indicate to Chloe’s parents that there was a lifetime of therapy ahead of them. In the process of finding out more options and information, they stumbled across an experimental procedure at Duke University in North Carolina. Using research from Duke, doctors had begun using a child’s own cord blood stem cells to heal and repair damaged brain tissue. Luckily, Chloe’s umbilical cord had been banked at birth.
Remarkable results in a very short term
At age 2 Chloe received an infusion of her own stem cells. The cells were injected into an area that requires healing, prompting the unhealthy cells to begin to form new cells which replace the damaged tissues and cells. According to Chloe’s father, the toddler’s progress has been incredible. She can walk, run, and use her right hand for sign language. Even Chloe’s therapist is impressed, proclaiming a 50 percent recovery in the two month after the stem cell infusion.
Chloe’s recovery has given hope to cerebral palsy patients. To learn more about this procedure discuss options with your physician.