Samantha Miss Has Stem Cell Treatment
Friday, 27 February 2009: Champion filly Samantha Miss has undergone stem cell treatment for her tendon injury and will be sidelined for the rest of 2009.
Trainer Kris lees confirmed today that the revolutionary treatment that is proving a boon for getting horses back to the track after leg injuries would prevent Samantha Miss from racing again this year.
Lees reported on his website that the filly had returned to his Newcastle stable after undergoing treatment in Sydney for the injury she suffered in a track gallop at Broadmeadow on Tuesday.
She must return to the Randwick veterinary clinic next month for the stem cell treatment to be completed.
“She’s had the bone marrow taken out of her sternum and it has been sent to Adelaide for analysis,” Lees said.
“She goes back in about two to three weeks and the stem cells are injected back into the tendon.
“By injecting the stem cells directly into the core lesion, the tendon has a better chance of regaining its integrity and strength without the fibrous scar tissue that forms with conventional treatments.
“This course of action gives her the best chance of getting back to where she left off,” Lees said.