For Blind Girl, Seeing is Believing After Stem Cell Therapy
Posted 6 May, 2009 in Optic Nerve Hypoplasia | Stem Cell Research Helps Blind Girl See
Hayley Pelletier had been legally blind since birth due to her Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. However, thanks to the wonders of stem cell research using Adult Stem Cells, these days Hayley can now see and in the words of her mother “Basically, her whole quality of life was just bumped up 110 percent.”
No Medications, No Treatments, Nowhere To Go
Before the stem cell research that changed her life occurred, Hayley was learning how to read Braille and how to get around with a cane due to the Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, a leading cause of blindness in children where the optic nerve fails to develop.
Until an amazing new stem cell treatment using cord blood stem cells, there was no drugs, no treatments that could improve Optic Nerve Hypoplasia.
Cord Blood Stem Cells- Only Treatment Available
Hayley and her mother Heather went to China for the stem cell treatment in November 2008. And the results have been amazing. Before, Hayley could barely only make out the difference between light and dark, but now-
- She can now draw pictures of people on paper
- She can identify colors easily
- She can watch television from 3 feet away.
From the stem cell article:
“It’s been incredible,” Pelletier said. “Basically, her whole quality of life was just bumped up 110 percent. She’s so much happier.”
Her self confidence has soared, too. Pelletier managed to say a few words at a Lions Club banquet, but she admits she was intimidated by the hundreds of people in the room. Hayley wasn’t.
“I brought a different child home from China. She stood on a chair and told them all about her experiences there,” said Pelletier, astonished. “Then she thanked them for honoring her with their support.”
Hayley Joins the Stem Cells for Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Club
Hayley now becomes the latest addition to our “club” of children who have been to China for stem cell therapy for their Optic Nerve Hypoplasia and the closely related Septo-Optic Dysplasia and then come back to the United States, UK and Canada with better vision and other benefits to their development.
Before that there was Jakob Bielski from Canada
Just last week, we added Dakota Clarke , her mom said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”
A few weeks ago we added Macie Morse who can now see well enough to drive after her stem cell therapy.
And before that Coby Fend’s mother said ““We are talking about going back — we’d almost be crazy not to, because right now it’s the best thing going in the entire world.”
And we also had Connor Corkern – He’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby, Coye Corkern said
We had Cameron Petersen – Grandma Petersen said “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”
Lydia Black– From her father – “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment in China. ”
Lydia Olmstead and Rylea Barlett – “After her second treatment, we started to notice a change,”
Savannah Watring – “She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”
Xavier Carballo-Xavier’s ophthalmologist, Dr. Jack Guggino of Tampa, said he did a baseline exam on the boy before the trip to China and after his return. He said before the treatment Xavier could only detect hand motion at 1 to 2 feet, and after the treatment he could count fingers at 3 to 4 feet.
“As far as Xavier is concerned, there has been definite and measurable improvement, neurologically and ophthalmologically,” Guggino said.
If you or someone you know has a similar condition or perhaps another disease, please go to www.bit.ly/stemcellhelp