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NOW YOU DON’T SEE IT- NOW YOU DO

In ALL ARTICLES, SCIENCE & STEM CELLS on July 10, 2014 at 9:39 am

Now You Don’t See it- Now You Do
Author: Sarah Hoffman

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“Boston researchers have successfully regrown human corneal tissue – a feat that could potentially restore vision in the blind.

The achievement also marks one of the first times that scientists have constructed tissue using adult-derived human stem cells.-Researchers Regrow Corneas Using Adult Human Stem Cells’. FoxNews.com

Researchers recently made great strides in the field of regrowing human tissue– this time regrowing a human cornea using adult stem cells. This is an amazing feat. They discovered that not only is it possible to regrow a cornea using cells from the functioning eye of someone who is blind in only one eye, but they can also transplant cells from a donor and regrow that way. They tested all this on mice, but used human adult stem cells. This is pretty darn cool.

And why is this possible now? Well the original hold up was their inability to harvest a specific molecule called ABCB5, which is necessary when growing corneal tissue. These researchers discovered that a high concentration of these molecules can be found in the eyes limbus (basically the white part of your eye), which in hindsight makes perfect sense. Unfortunately these cells die when the eye goes blind, but people suffering from blindness have one good eye full of these little miracle-workers. And those with blindness in both eyes can receive a transplant, though they may need immune-suppression.

These leaves only one obvious question to be answered– do these mice see as mice see? Or do they now see as us humans do? Philosophical input is welcome…

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HOPE FOR DIABETES SUFFERERS

In ALL ARTICLES on October 27, 2011 at 2:05 pm

THERE IS HOPE

I am continuously amazed at the wet blanket attitude that is projected by so many in light of significant stem cell breakthroughs.

First they say: “stem cell treatment has enabled patients with type 1 diabetes to go for as long as four years without insulin injections”

…pretty awesome huh?

Then they say: “the team warned the treatment may only work in those very recently diagnosed”

…oh, really…bummer.

Let’s just overlook that “recently diagnosed” actually means “recently developed symptoms” (I am fairly sure they don’t mean a 75 yr old grandmother who was “recently diagnosed” as having lived with diabetes for 55 years.) and as my friend the actuary likes to say: “Let’s just concentrate on the numbers.”

  • · Diabetes Prevalence – Total: 23.6 million children and adults — 8.0% of the population — have diabetes.  The total prevalence of diabetes increased 13.5% from 2005-2007.
  • · Diagnosed: 17.9 million people
  • · Undiagnosed: 5.7 million people (24%!)
  • · Pre-diabetes: 57 million people
  • · 1.6 million new cases of diabetes were diagnosed in people aged 20 years or older in 2007.

http://www.diabetes.org/diabetes-statistics.jsp

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Ok, those are the numbers….So how SHOULD this article have been written?

How about…

World celebrates as new results prove diabetes pandemic can be stopped in it’s tracks with early detection!  Government to spend 10 million on improved early diabetes detection. (wait, where would they get the money…oh!) Money to be saved from not having to spend 100 million on late stage diabetes treatments.

Or….

5.7 million undiagnosed diabetes victims can now be saved from the trials of diabetes, amputation, blindness, kidney disease…etc with a single blood test.

Maybe you can come up with a different slant?

Point is; this is HUGE news!  Can we now cure every diabetic in the world?  No.  But we can potentially cure MILLIONS and this is a time for celebration for those people…and a time for optimism for the potential cures for others who are more advanced (as the science improves)…not a time for warnings of limitations.

But no, they stick to the glass is half empty position and say:
“It would be wrong to unnecessarily raise the hopes of people living with diabetes about a new treatment for the condition on the back of the evidence provided in this study.”

But you know what I think?

I think caution is good…but we are talking about people who are living with diabetes!  In my book, that makes them pretty damn tough already.  They are not little kittens and they don’t have to have their hopes “managed” or “spoon fed” to them.  In fact, raising their hopes may be EXACTLY what they need to survive through one more day of diabetes related pills and insulin, threats of blindness and amputation, reduction of lifespan, kidney and liver disease…etc. etc.

So celebrate the victories, embrace the hope and ALWAYS remember:

“If you lose hope, somehow you lose the vitality that keeps life moving, you lose that courage to be, that quality that helps you go on in spite of it all. And so today I still have a dream.” Martin Luther King, Jr.

And as far as false hope, there is no such thing. There is only hope or the absence of hope-nothing else. – Patti Davis

 

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“There is only hope or the absence of hope-nothing else.

DAMN STRAIGHT!

APATHY, IGNORANCE OR BLINDNESS?

In CELEBRITIES & STEM CELLS on October 6, 2011 at 1:27 am

I posted this on Montel William’s Facebook page:

“I just received 13 pages of new Stem Cell Treatments for MS info. There is editing and translation and I am trying to get fully substantiated results for these treatments…if you are interested in reviewing the info.”

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SO SAD!: 

It was removed within 10 seconds of my posting it on Montel’s page.  Why would they not want to know about new treatments?  Don’t they have a responsibility as leaders of social media to share new treatment info with their followers?

It’s really a damn shame.  Christopher Reeves died chasing embryonic stem cells while adult stem cells have given the ability to walk to paraplegics.  Michael J Fox chases embryonic stem cells while adult stem cells have 60-70% success treating Parkinson’s disease.  The brilliant visionary Steve Jobs died of pancreatic cancer never knowing about a number of successful cancer treatments.  The blind can now see.  Diabetics are off insulin.  Heart transplant patients play tennis with their own heart healed.

It’s time people!!  If you know any leaders in media, corporate or politics; please refer them to me and I will personally explain to them why so many people do not have to die today.

Be the change in the world you want to see – Ghandi
…before it’s too late.

14-month old can see, thanks to stem cells

In ALL ARTICLES on September 13, 2011 at 1:01 pm

JAMES WOODCOCK/Gazette Staff – Kaile Milton plays with her 14-month-old daughter, Skylie. Skylie recently had stem cell surgery in China to correct blindness caused by septo-optic dysplasia. Skylie and her family spent 28 days in China for her treatment.

Skylie Milton’s grandma held out a cracker while standing on the other side of the room.

“Come on, Skylie, come get a cracker,” she said.

The 14-month-old Billings girl whipped her head around, smiled from ear to ear and hobbled across the living room toward the snack.

Once Skylie got within its grasp, she reached out, took the cracker and brought it to her mouth.

It’s something she couldn’t have done just a few months ago when she could see only about a foot away.

Thanks to stem cell research, and $40,000 raised by the community to send Skylie to China for stem cell injections, the giggling girl can now see just beyond 25 feet.

“It’s just amazing, it’s awesome,” said Skylie’s mom, Kaile Milton.

Lying beside Skylie on the floor as she played with blocks, Milton still seemed to not believe her girl could see.

The doctors in China shared her amazement, Milton said.

“They were surprised she took to it so well,” Milton said. “Usually they don’t see that much progress that quickly.”

Because the type of stem cell therapy the family settled on is considered experimental in the United States, the family had trouble finding a doctor in the area who would support them. It was further research that led them to China.

Skylie received seven stem cell injections geared toward improving the her eyesight.

Skylie was born missing her septum pellucidum, the part of the brain that separates the right and left hemispheres. Without it, her optic nerves never fully developed, diminishing her eyesight.

In addition, doctors determined that Skylie suffers from septo-optic dysplasia, which affects both her eyesight and the hormones related to the pituitary gland. It affects about 1 in 10,000 births, according to the National Library of Medicine.

To improve their daughter’s eyesight, the Miltons settled on stem cell injections and then looked to the community for help. The response was overwhelming.

The person who stands out the most to Milton’s mind is Dana Lariviere of Billings, who volunteered to head a fundraiser that helped raise more than $11,000.

“We wouldn’t have made the trip without them all,” Milton said.

In China

The family was able to stay in a room at the hospital, putting them close to Skylie during her 28 days abroad.

Most of the injections were given through her arm, though a few had to be given through her head.

“Watching the IV was horrible,” Milton said. “One day they had to poke her seven times, then eventually just had to put it in her head. But she took to it really well.”

To help soothe the child, the doctors would sing her “Old MacDonald” — in Chinese.

When she wasn’t receiving an injection, Skylie was undergoing rehabilitation treatments to help keep her blood flowing and the stem cells stimulated, including acupressure, electrical stimulation, walking training and cup therapy five times a week.

To continue her progress, Milton said they make sure to massage around her eyes and her head.

It’s unknown whether Skylie will need additional stem cell injections through the procedure, which is not available in the United States.

Not alone

During Skylie’s treatment, the Miltons met two other couples going through the same procedure, both from the United States.

When they weren’t waiting in the hospital, the group was able to go into the city and take in the culture.

It was quite a shock, especially seeing strangers’ adoration for Skylie.

“We couldn’t even go to the store, it would take an hour to get down the aisle,” said Rel, the grandmother. “People were taking pictures with her.

“They were very warm and loving toward her; we couldn’t keep her away from everyone.”

Suffering from jet lag and exhausted from the daily procedures, the family mostly stuck to the hotel, watching movies and having pizza — and McDonalds — delivered to the room.

“It was definitely close quarters,” Rel said. “You don’t get to venture off too much by yourself.”

Coming home

Skylie came home on Aug. 1, and not a moment too soon. The last few weeks of treatment were miserable.

It wasn’t because of the injections. Skylie was teething.

“She was not feeling good at all,” Milton said. “She was cranky.”

Now when she is fussy, all Milton has to do is start counting, holding up her fingers for her daughter to see.

Her crying calms down and changes to laughter as she starts clapping her hands, gets up and moves on to her next adventure.

OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 11, 2011 at 9:41 am

Until she was 15, Morse had 20/4,000 vision in one eye and only light perception in the other due to optic nerve hypoplasia, or an underdevelopment of the nerve that transmits vision signals from the eye to the brain. She could make out human figures but not see details, could only read if the paper was within inches of her eye, and could only watch TV standing with her nose pressed to the glass…

After raising $15,000 from community donations, the mother and daughter set out for China on July 4…

She received spinal injections of cord blood stem cells each week for six weeks. After her third treatment, she realized she could read and knew the treatments were working…

More info on OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS:

Treatment with adult stem cells, due to the amazing transformation from blindness to sight, are some of the most powerful success stories in adult stem cell treatments.

·         Macie Morse from Colorado before stem cells had 20/4000 vision in one eye and in the other eye she only had “light perception,” she could only make out light.  Also, she could only watch TV with her nose pressed against the glass. After treatment she had 20/80 vision in one eye and the other is 20/400+.  She is now driving her family’s van and enjoying her new driving permit. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/02/16/stem-cells-optic-nerve-hypoplasia-victory/

·         Jakob Bielski from Canada received stem cell treatment because he couldn’t see at all and had no response to light.  After the Cord Blood Stem Cells Were Implanted he has some vision, can respond to visual information and responds to light.

·         Dakota Clarke’s mother said “It’s been worth every single penny to see the changes in her.”

·         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.”

·         Connor Corkern’s mother said: “He’s doing great. He is doing wonderful. It’s like we’ve got a totally new baby.”

·         Cameron Petersen’s Grandma said: “There was nothing for Cameron before this treatment. Now, his world is limitless.”

·         Lydia Black’s father said: “the treatment is already having a huge effect on her life, and he is glad that she was able to receive stem cell treatment…”

·         Savannah Watring’s mother said: “She said hello to herself in an elevator (after seeing her reflection). It blew everyone away. We weren’t expecting that.”

·         Xavier Carballo’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. 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.

·         Lawrence Brown III looks at the number “10” on a family laptop and tells his mother Georgina Brown what the number is as part of a daily exercise to see if his sight is improving. For most people, it is insignificant.  But for Lawrence, 16, who has been blind since birth, it was an exceptional moment.“They call it a really good placebo effect,” Lawrence said. “Whatever, if it’s a placebo effect, I want some more.” https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2009/08/09/stem-cell-therapy-shows-results-el-paso-times/

·         Blind Man Can See Again After Stem Cell Therapy – A man blinded after having ammonia squirted in his eye is now able to see again thanks to adult stem cells taken from his own body.  Russell Turnbull, 38, from England had therapy using stem cells taken from his other eye in a research study in London.

·         A study in the New England Journal of Medicine on 112 patients with corneal damage from chemical burns whom received treatment.  After adult stem cell treatment, a permanent restoration of a transparent, renewing corneal epithelium was attained in 76.6% of eyes. The restored eyes remained stable over time, with up to 10 years of follow-up (mean, 2.91±1.99; median, 1.93).  https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/06/24/chemically-burned-eyes-repaired-with-stem-cells/

VIDEO: Meet Sam, a visual artist who was confronted with the one thing a man in his profession fears most: Compromised vision. In his case his ability to see clearly was being undermined by age-related macular degeneration (AMD.) His Doctor harvests and uses a patient’s own stem cell-rich bone marrow to help effect healing. Sam discerned improvements in his vision within the first ten days following his treatment and siz weeks later the vision in his left eye had improved while that in his right eye was now normal.

If you or a loved one interested in receiving FREE information on currently available stem cell treatments for OPTIC NERVE HYPOPLASIA, SEPTO-OPTIC DYSPLASIA, MACULAR DEGENERATION and OPTIC CHEMICAL BURNS, please contact me at dsgrano@gmail.com or for other options, go to: CONTACT ME

Adult stem cells may cure blindness, repair ankles; adult stem cell research now outpacing embryonic

In STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS on August 12, 2010 at 12:11 am

While they are half a decade behind the actual results of adult stem cell therapies around the world; now even the US media is starting to catch on…can the FDA follow suit?  -dg

Monday, August 2nd 2010, 10:00 AM

Adult stem cells may cure blindness, repair ankles; adult stem cell research now outpacing embryonic

BY Rosemary Black  – DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER – Monday, August 2nd 2010, 10:00 AM

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The best cure for what ails you may come from your own body.

Adult stem cells, already used in lifesaving treatments for hundreds of thousands of people with leukemia and other blood diseases, may one day serve as a therapy to restore sight to damaged eyes, treat diabetes and mend broken ankles, according to CBS News. Scientists have even fashioned beating hearts and bladders using adult stem cells, and the Pentagon and biotech companies are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to devise potential treatments that use adult stem cells.

Even as a broad array of potentially lifesaving therapies are developed using adult stem cells, research with embryonic stem cells hasn’t been as high-profile. These cells have long been controversial, with opponents saying that human embryos must be destroyed in the process of obtaining them, and former President George W. Bush permitted only restricted federal funding for unlocking the potential cures for these cells. It now appears likely that in the short term at least, embryonic stem cells may be used more as lab tools and as a way to learn about the origins of various disorders.

It’s the adult stem cells that are being researched as a treatment for individuals who have health conditions like heart disease, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.Adult stem cells are collected from a person’s bone marrow and blood, rather than from embryos, and they can then be infused back into a patient.

Stem cell transplants for bone marrow transplants have been used for decades.

“That’s really one of the great success stories of stem cell biology that gives us all hope,” Harvard University’s Dr. David Scaden told CBS News. “If we can recreate that success in other tissues, what can we possibly imagine for other people?”

Boston University Medical Center’s Dr. Thomas Einhorn  recently treated a patient’s broken ankle, which refused to heal, by injecting bone marrow containing adult stem cells into the ankle. The bone healed within four months. While Einhorn’s treatment was not part of a large study, it exemplifies some of the innovative ways researchers are starting to use adult stem cells.

Some day embryonic stem cells may be used in lifesaving treatments, too. Stanford University law professor Hank Greely, a stem cell expert who works in bioethics, told CBS News: “Give it another five years and I’ll be surprised if we don’t have some substantial progress” besides the first safety studies.

One aspect of adult stem cells that makes them so promising is that they appear to have the ability to stimulate tissue repair and to suppress the immune system.

“That gives adult stem cells really a very interesting and potent quality that embryonic stem cells don’t have,” the University of Pittsburgh���s Rocky Tuan told CBS News.

via Adult stem cells may cure blindness, repair ankles; adult stem cell research now outpacing embryonic.

SCOTLAND JUMPS INTO STEM CELL CLINICAL TRIALS

In ALL ARTICLES on July 29, 2010 at 12:11 pm

This video shows the Health Minister of Scotland discussing current stem clinical trials in Scotland for stroke and for eye repair.  It’s significant that they are in the stem cell game.  One more country recognizing the power of stem cells.

p.s.  It’s a short video and armed with my explanation above, you probably know everything you need to know without even watching it – http://video.forbes.com/fvn/tech/scotland-stem-cell-edge

 

And now for your viewing pleasure…a pic of Cuillin Mountains in Scotland

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Other STROKE articles:

  1. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/09/21/autologous-neural-stem-cells-benefit-parkinson%e2%80%99s-patients-adultstemcell-com/
  2. https://repairstemcell.wordpress.com/2010/09/20/stem-cell-treatment-for-stroke-and-traumatic-brain-injury-wholewellness-net/
  3. http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=can-stem-cells-block-stroke-damage
  4. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/08/110831160216.htm

CHEMICALLY BURNED EYES REPAIRED WITH STEM CELLS

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 24, 2010 at 12:47 pm

BRIEF SUMMARY OF METHODS

  1. used autologous limbal stem cells cultivated on fibrin
  2. treated 112 patients with corneal damage
  3. most had burn-dependent limbal stem-cell deficiency

BRIEF SUMMARY OF RESULTS

  1. Permanent restoration of a transparent, renewing corneal epithelium was attained in 76.6% of eyes.
  2. Restored eyes remained stable over time, with up to 10 years of follow-up (mean, 2.91±1.99; median, 1.93).
  3. Cultures in which p63-bright cells constituted more than 3% of the total number of clonogenic cells were associated with successful transplantation in 78% of patients.

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MORE DETAILED INFORMATION:

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Figure 3. Regeneration of a Functional Corneal Epithelium and Restoration of Visual Acuity.

[Brief: “All three eyes had total limbal stem-cell deficiency, complete corneal opacification, and stromal scarring (images at left).  In all three patients, autologous limbal stem-cell cultures successfully regenerated functional corneal epithelium.“]

Panel A shows the left eye of Patient 93 (see Table 1 in the Supplementary Appendix, available with the full text of this article at NEJM.org), who had total limbal stem-cell deficiency due to an acid burn (image at left). His visual acuity was reduced to counting fingers. A graft of autologous limbal cultures was sufficient to regenerate functional corneal epithelium (image at right) and to restore normal vision (visual acuity, 0.7), since the eye had no stromal scarring. Panel B shows the eyes of Patients 22, 26, and 46 (see Table 1 in the Supplementary Appendix), which were damaged by alkali burns and were treated with unsuccessful surgery 13, 30, and 3 years before admission, respectively. All three eyes had total limbal stem-cell deficiency, complete corneal opacification, and stromal scarring (images at left). Vision was reduced to counting fingers (in Patient 22) or perceiving hand movements (in Patients 26 and 46). In all three patients, autologous limbal stem-cell cultures successfully regenerated functional corneal epithelium. To improve their visual acuity after grafting, the patients underwent penetrating keratoplasty. In all three eyes, the engrafted limbal stem cells resurfaced the donor stroma. At the last follow-up visits (at 6, 6.5, and 4 years, respectively), all eyes were covered by stable corneal epithelium (images at right). The keratoplasty resulted in complete restoration of visual acuity in Patients 22 and 46 (0.9 and 0.8, respectively). The visual acuity of Patient 26 increased to only 0.3 because of a concomitant amblyopia (the alkali burn had occurred 30 years before admission). In Patient 46, the follow-up image shows that the conjunctival vessels stop at the conjunctival–corneal boundary (arrowheads); they do not invade the restored corneal surface.

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Figure 1. Kaplan–Meier Estimates of Grafted Limbal Stem-Cell Survival.

[Brief: “the final clinical outcome was deemed a success in 76.6% of the eyes treated“]

Panel A shows the survival estimates for the cultures after one graft was placed, with partial or total success attained in 68.2% of the eyes treated. Panel B shows survival estimates after a second graft was placed in 11 eyes (a total of 12 additional grafts, since 1 eye was regrafted twice), indicating either partial success or failure. After regrafting, 9 of these eyes regenerated normal epithelium. Thus, the final clinical outcome was deemed a success in 76.6% of the eyes treated. All failures occurred within the first year after grafting, whereas successful cultures remained stable for up to 10 years of follow-up.

THIS POST IS AN ADDENDUM TO EARLIER STORY:  Stem Cells From Own Eyes Restore Vision to Blinded Patients, Study Shows – Bloomberg – VIA

THE IMAGES AND TEXT ARE VIA: http://content.nejm.org/cgi/content/full/NEJMoa0905955v1#F3

Stem Cells From Own Eyes Restore Vision to Blinded Patients, Study Shows – Bloomberg

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on June 22, 2010 at 3:00 am

Stem Cells From Own Eyes Restore Vision to Blinded Patients, Study Shows

Patients blinded in one or both eyes by chemical burns regained their vision after healthy stem cells were extracted from their eyes and reimplanted, according to a report by Italian researchers at a scientific meeting.

Patient's Own Stem Cells Fix Damaged Eyes

The tissue was drawn from the limbus, an area at the junction of the cornea and white part of the eye. It was grown on a fibrous tissue, then layered onto the damaged eyes. The cells grew into healthy corneal tissue, transforming disfigured, opaque eyes into functioning ones with normal appearance and color, said researchers led by Graziella Pellegrini of the University of Modena’s Center for Regenerative Medicine.

The stem-cell treatment restored sight to more than three- quarters of the 112 patients treated, Pellegrini said yesterday in a presentation at the International Society for Stem Cell Research meeting. She estimated the work may benefit 1,000 to 2,000 patients in Europe whose eyes have been damaged by chemical burns and many more in developing countries where the use of chemicals is less regulated. Her patients were followed for an average of three years and some for as long as a decade…..

via Stem Cells From Own Eyes Restore Vision to Blinded Patients, Study Shows – Bloomberg.

Charlestown boy’s sight improves after stem cell treatment

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on May 25, 2010 at 10:00 am

IMPROVEMENT: Connor Wink, 11, and his mother Tracey.

Charlestown boy’s sight improves after stem cell treatment

BY DONNA SHARPE – 18 May, 2010 10:44 AM

A CHARLESTOWN boy is showing marked signs of improvement in sight after his first round of stem cell treatment.

Connor Wink, 11, and his mother Tracey recently returned from China where he received a round of injections, which are not available in Australia.

The treatment appears to have had dramatic results.

Connor has gained light perception, a sign the treatment is working.

Born blind, he also suffers nystagmus, a condition which means Connor has poor muscle control causing his eyes to move frequently.

“That has slowed right down so it’s certainly a big plus,” Mrs Wink said.

Connor is the second Hunter child to undergo stem cell treatment in China.

Holly Arvidson, 12, of Denman, is having a second round of the procedure in a bid to restore her sight.

For the past 12 months, The Herald has been following the progress of Holly, who is in China with her family for the treatment which involves stem cell injections, acupuncture and bone marrow cultivation.

The treatment is only available in a handful of hospitals worldwide. It has an 80 per cent success rate but since Holly’s first round her condition has not changed.

Mrs Wink said she is praying Holly receives a positive result this time.

“Connor was lucky and we have seen improvements. We were sitting in front of a fire at the weekend and he could tell when someone was putting logs on it,” she said.

The Charlestown community and Connor’s school, Hillsborough Public, helped raise money for the China trip.

“We still have enough money to travel for Connor’s second round of treatment thanks to those earlier fund-raising efforts which Connor was a big part of, raising $6000 busking.”

via Charlestown boy’s sight improves after stem cell treatment – Local News – News – General – The Herald.

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