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Stem Cell Treatment Offers Hope for Paralysis Patients

by VR Sreeraman on  June 15, 2007 at 6:09 PM Genetics & Stem Cells News   - G J E 4
Stem Cell Treatment Offers Hope for Paralysis Patients
People who suffer from complete paralysis of the lower half of the body could get a second lease of life, thanks to a path breaking stem cell treatment being offered by a hospital here.
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The Lifeline Multi-Speciality Hospital (LMSH) has nearly perfected the art of making paraplegics walk again and managed to instill many of them with the confidence to lead a normal life.

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The Lifeline Institute of Stem Cell Therapy and Research (LISTR) - the research and development division of LMSH - has discovered that autologous (self generated) bone marrow fluids containing stem cells can achieve what was deemed "impossible" in medical history by technologically advanced countries like the US.

This can lead to stem cell treatments sans the controversial flip side of stem cells harvested from stillborn fetuses.

Not long ago, Hollywood star Christopher Reeves, who had portrayed "Superman", had spent the last part of his prematurely snuffled out life bound to a wheelchair because his paralysis couldn't be cured.

"Using the money provided by the late movie icon to improve the lot of paraplegics throughout the world, we have turned four ordinary people who faced a dismal future into supermen," said J. S. Raj Kumar, the chairman of LMSH.

All four of these men had no hope after having been rendered immobile by accidents and rare medical disorders.

Now one of them, 25-year-old Akbar Ali, who was brought to LMSH in a coma on a stretcher from Dubai last year, betrays virtually no sign of the debilitating condition. Encouraged by his complete recovery, his parents are now searching for a bride for him.

"We harvest between 100 and 200 ml of stem cells in fluid form from the afflicted patients themselves and inject them into their spinal cords carefully to bring about this 'miracle' that has been cleared by statutory health bodies not only in India, but also in all major premier medical institutions abroad including the US.

"We have the highest global rate of success of 34 percent after sustained treatment to 50 select patients," said Raj Kumar.

Two 19-year old patients - Prabhdeep Singh, a musician from Punjab who lost the power to move after a motor accident, and Srinivas, an aspiring accountant from Chennai who suffered from Transverse Myelitis (a devastating inflammation of the spinal cord that can cause irreversible paralysis), have also found hope.

"I had no feeling from the chest downwards after the mishap. Now I can walk with a little help," said Singh, whose legs were encased in braces and moved with the assistance of attendants and a metal contrivance.

Srinivas has regained bladder control and is able to feel sensations in the lower part of his abdomen.

In spite of preferring younger patients "who will heal quicker and better," Raj Kumar's treatment has worked wonders for 46-year-old A. R. K. Reddy, an engineer who was employed in a multinational company till he fell on his back from a height of 11 feet about two months ago. He suffered multiple fractures to his lumbar spine and was rendered completely immobile.

Today, after stem cell therapy, Reddy is able to stand and move using a walker, and has regained bladder control and sensation in the lower body.

The stem cell therapy isn't the last horizon for paraplegics alone.

LISTR, which has tied up with Japan's Nichi Centre for Regenerative Medicine (NCRM), has found that stem cell cure can possibly be a viable alternative for liver transplants and cardiac bypass surgeries.

"Stem cell therapy can cure disabled livers, rejuvenate tired hearts, and make the pancreas of chronic diabetes patients secrete insulin to reduce dependency on injections and pills for a lifetime," said Raj Kumar.

Another wonderful aspect of the treatment is its cost. Only about Rs.150,000 is needed for stem cell therapy while other regular treatments like transplants can cost up to twenty times more but have a success rate of below 15 percent.

Of the 50 patients under intensive treatment, 17 have shown marked improvement. Inspired by their recovery, another 100 are in the queue to benefit from the miraculous stem cell therapy.

Source: IANS
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Dear Sir
My Father in law aged 74, had gone bypass surgery 7 yrs back and recently 8 months back procedure of stunts took place. He is diabetic and on 21 st Feb. suffered with Hemorrhagic transformation in right basal ganglia involving caudate nucleus.anterior limb of right internal capsule, putamen and right anterior temporal lobe. T2 and FLAIR hyperintense foci were seen in bilateral corona radiata,subcortiacal and deep periventricular white matter with diffuse age related changes of brain.
At this situation I have identified about the stem cell theraphy treatment given at your esteemed hospital. I would like to kow about this treatment.I don't know weather this treatment will be helpful to my father. if yes, can you kindly give to us a brief information about this theraphy [cost,hospitality duration,treatment, appointment and consultation etc]

chakresh Wednesday, February 29, 2012
respected sir/madam, i am sunil from rengali dist-sambalpur,state- odisha.My father 59 years old has been affected by paralysis for past five days due to brain stem sroke. his left side movement of the body leg, hip and hand also can,t walk,stand,rise up individually. I would like to kow about this treatment.I don't know weather this treatment will be helpful to my father. thanking you
sunil2000 Thursday, February 9, 2012
hi my boyfriend is a quadriplegic. he was paralyze at age of sixteen. he is an incomplete.c4-c6 and has gain a little more as in a c6, is there any way the stem cell treatment will help him gain more.If yes can you please give me all the information including cost and etc. anyone that has info will help. k you so much. i will be happy if anyone will send me any kind of info on this stem cell theraphy.
cindysahadeo18 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
respected sir/madam, i am prathap from coimbatore.My father 59 years old has been affected by paralysis for past two years due to brain stem sroke. at early staage ho lost his left side movement of the body leg, hip and hand also can,t walk,stand,rise up individually. After the supportive measures of physiotheraphy and ayurvedic treatments he gain little bit better. eventhogh he is unable to do spme regular activities. he fell down or slipped some times due to no grip and stamina in knee, elboe,rist shoulder and hip joints. at this situation i have identified about the stem cell theraphy treatment given at your esteemed hospital. I would like to kow about this treatment.I don't know weather this treatment will be helpful to my father. if yes, can you kindly give to us a brief information about this theraphy [cost,hospitality duration,treatment, appointment and consultation etc] my mail id: m.prathap@ymail.com mobile: 8883354255 thanking you
prathap83 Tuesday, October 18, 2011
hi sir/madam my father 59 years old was affected by brain stem stroke before two years.After which he was paralysed lost the left side movement of the body. with the supportive physiotheraphy he gain a little bit stamina in left side now he can sit and stand with out anyone's help but he cant walk without other's support.is this treatment will be helpful for rejuvenate his body movements little bit more.kindly give me the detailed informations about your hospital to me. my e mail id m.prathap@ymail.com my mobile no 8883354255
prathapbose Sunday, October 9, 2011
My best friend[Vijay age 34yrs] is suffering from paralysis in his left body part he cannot walk at all due to clot in his brain plz provide me complete address of this hospital so that we can take him there. contact number 7869279848 email id - manju.bhambhani@gmail.com
manju_7905 Saturday, October 8, 2011
i want to know the location of this hospital as i reside in saudia
naveenaveed Saturday, September 24, 2011
MY MOTHER IS SUFFERING FROM RIGHT SIDE PARALYSIS SHE IS HEART PATAIENT.HER HEART OPERATATION IS DONE IN 2006 DUE TO VALVE IS SHRINK AND CHANGWD BY METALIC VALVE. CAN SHE WALK AND MOVE HER HAND AFTER THIS STEM CELL THERAPY. SHE IS 65 YEAR OLD. PLEASE MAIL ME ON niwasJEE@G MAIL.COM
niwas Friday, September 9, 2011
sir or mam,my father is suffering from paralysis since 2005.he is 51 years old.He is unable to speak but he can walk.He got attack when he was sleeping.Doctors said that he has a blood clot in his brain.If this treatment can help him so please contact. with regards,pratima 09418476483 or pratima07tams@gmail.com
pratima.sharma Thursday, August 25, 2011
Sir/ Madam,My sister's husband suffering from right side paralysis since 2004 road accident and blood clod at left brain. He is 52 yrs old. CAN THIS STEM CELL TREATMENT HELP HIM RECOVERING? REgards, Subrata Samanta, kolkata,0-9231490293
Choton Friday, July 15, 2011

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