DAVID GRANOVSKY

HANFORD FAMILY SEEKS RSC TREATMENT FOR CEREBRAL PALSY

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on February 7, 2009 at 6:16 am

GREAT WALL OF CHINA

GREAT WALL OF CHINA

A Hanford couple is placing all their hopes for their little boy’s future on stem-cell treatment. But first they have to raise a total of $55,000 — nearly $40,000 for the procedure, and the rest for travel expenses. They’re more than half-way to their goal already.

Their smiley, blonde and blue-eyed 1-year-old son, Gryphon Klomp, was born healthy, joining sister Jocelynn, 4. But about a month later, a brain infection left him with little hope of ever hearing or walking.

Stem-cell transplants are fairly new and results vary from one patient to another. And published studies are lacking, the family’s pediatrician, Dr. Lance Tomooka, has advised.

“We like to see in medical fields published studies, but unfortunately all the evidence of stem-cell treatment for cerebral palsy is anecdotal — with a handful of patients having gone through stem-cell transplants for cerebral palsy with fairly good outcomes,” Tomooka said. “There’s very little risk. The biggest risk is financial.”

But even with no guarantees, parents Michael and Aleesha Klomp are hopeful that the treatment will help their only son hear and move normally again. …the improvement rate is about 80 percent

Hanford family seeks stem-cell treatment / HanfordSentinel.com News.

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