“All I wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance.”
According to USC, 20-year old Kris Bosen of Bakersfield suffered a terrible car accident leaving him permanently paralyzed from the neck down…or so they thought. Bosen participated in what they are calling “Experimental Stem Cell Therapy” where Charles Liu suggested that Bosen qualified for a clinical study.
Charles Liu, director of the USC Neurorestoration Center, led the surgical team, working in collaboration with the Rancho Los Amigos National Rehabilitation Center and Keck Medicine of USC, that injected an experimental dose of 10 million AST-OPC1 cells directly into Boesen’s cervical spinal cord in early April.
“Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but generally does very little to restore motor or sensory function,” Liu explained. “With this study, we are testing a procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands. Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries.”
The experimental trial has led to Bosen regaining feeling in his arms and hands after just two weeks and after three months, he was able to feed himself, use his cell phone and even hug his family again.
Stem Cell use may be the biggest scientific breakthrough for humankind, maybe ever. It has been reported that scientist also believe stem cells can not only cure paralysis but prevent disease, conditions like down syndrome and even help you choose what color hair and eyes your baby will have. Like it or not, stems cells are the future and the future is happening now.