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Stem Cell Transplant Helps Hawaii Professor Live

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on January 19, 2012 at 9:14 am

ADULT Stem Cell Transplant Helps Hawaii Professor Live

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University of Hawaii associate professor, Cristy Kessler, was suffering from a rare combination of three different autoimmune diseases:

  1. Vasculitis,
  2. Scleroderma,
  3. Akylosing Spondyliitis.

The pain was so bad, that, in her own words, she was “preparing to die.” She was constantly on a combination of prescription pain medications including morphine and vicadin, and could barely walk down the street.

Stem cell transplant looked like the only viable option for Cristy, but because the procedure is not approved by the FDA or covered by insurance, she would have to look overseas for options.

Because her disease was still in the early phase, doctors were optimistic about her prognosis. In March 2010, Dr. Zafer Gulbas led the taxing two month long procedure consisting of chemotherapy, frequent blood tests, and isolation.

Although long term results won’t be measured for some time, the stem cell transplant seems to have been a success. Kessler is now off the prescription pain medications that she previously depended on just to function, and has a new life. Her immune system is fragile and she is dependent on antibiotics, but says she now wants to enjoy music and “dance like a fool” without being in pain. Watch the video from KITV Honolulu

Stem Cell Transplant Helps Hawaii Professor Live.

EMBRYONIC SCIENTIST/DOCTOR TALKS ABOUT THE BENEFITS OF USING ADULT STEM CELLS FOR MS

In ALL ARTICLES, STEM CELLS IN THE NEWS, VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm

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In his career as a neurologist Dr. Jack Kessler had treated many paralyzed patients with no hope of recovery, but he never felt so powerless as he did on an emergency midnight flight last year to be at the side of his injured daughter.

Kessler, chair of neurology at Northwestern University, knew his 15-year-old daughter Allison had just lost virtually all movement from the waist down in a skiing accident. As a father, he hoped beyond reason that she might just shake off the injury to her spine; but as a doctor he knew she had little chance of ever walking unaided again.

Still on the plane, Kessler decided to drop his previous research on nerve disorders linked to diabetes and seek out stem cell treatments for paralysis.

In this video, Kessler talks about the benefits of using Adult Stem Cells to treat MS.

Stemcell -MS- research information with Dr. Jack Kessler

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