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16 Year-old Paralyzed Karting Champ Undergoing Stem-Cell Treatment

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on September 7, 2009 at 7:22 pm

16 Year-old Paralyzed Karting Champ Undergoing Stem-Cell Treatment

Sep 05, 2009,  Ryan Garza/ The Flint Journal

Racing at speeds upwards of 120 mph, nothing holds Michael Johnson back.

Paralyzed from the waist down in a 2005 motorcycle crash, the Vienna Township teen, 16, uses his hands to propel himself around the track in his specially equipped go-kart—winning one state and one national title in races as far away as Quebec and Florida.

This week, the Frankenmuth High School junior is racing toward another goal: He’s flying to Portugal to undergo an experimental stem cell transplant he hopes will repair his spinal cord and enable him to walk again for the first time since he was 12 years old.

via 16 Year-old Paralyzed Karting Champ Undergoing Stem-Cell Treatment | General Interest | Auto Racing Daily.

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