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In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on July 27, 2010 at 6:43 pm

Robot Assisted Stem Cell Therapy a First in Thailand


Bangkok, Thailand (PRWEB) November 9, 2005 – In a historic operation, surgeons at Bangkok Heart Hospital performed Thailand’s first robot-assisted cardiac stem cell implantation on October 27, 2005. Utilizing Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci Surgical System and VesCell™ adult stem cell therapy for heart disease from TheraVitae Ltd., surgeons treated a no-option, ischemic cardiomyopathy patient from Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA.

Dr. Kitipan V. Arom and Sujit Banyatpiyaphod utilized the da Vinci system to make the initial pericardial incision. They then implanted the stem cells directly into the patient’s heart using the minimally invasive stem cell injection technique pioneered by Dr. Amit Patel, Director of Cardiac Stem Cell Therapies at The McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine, University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC) and Dr. Arom, who is the Chief Cardiac Surgeon at Bangkok Heart Hospital.



Robotically assisted surgery requires only three small holes be made between the ribs. Through these holes, two robotic arms and a videoscope gain access to the heart, making surgery possible without opening the chest.

“We are proud to be associated with hospitals like Bangkok Heart Hospital,” said TheraVitae’s Founder, Don Margolis. “They are merging the latest medical technology and surgical techniques to improve the lives of seriously ill heart patients who cannot be treated by conventional means and would otherwise have no hope,” he added.


About VesCell™
VesCell™ uses a patient’s own adult stem cells to treat Heart Disease and is a viable alternative for patients who either cannot undergo or choose not to undergo the standard treatment such as Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG).

VesCell™ uses adult stem cells harvested from approximately ½ pint of the patients own blood to treat several heart conditions. Once harvested, the cells are differentiated and expanded in vitro at TheraVitae’s Labs in Israel. They are ready for implantation in about one week.

VesCell Web Site – http://www.vescell.com
Stem Cell Therapy Blog – http://www.stem-cell-therapy.vescell.com

About TheraVitae
TheraVitae is a private, multinational company focused on using stem cells from the patient’s own blood in order to treat a variety of disorders, especially cardiovascular diseases. The company has developed a proprietary stem cell technology called VesCell™ that is currently being used by hospitals in Thailand to treat patients with heart disease. TheraVitae is based in Bangkok, Thailand, Kiryat Weizmann, Israel, and Hong Kong.

TheraVitae Corporate Web Site – http://www.theravitae.com

About Bangkok Heart Hospital
Bangkok Heart Hospital (BHH) – the first private heart hospital in Thailand – is a leading institution in the treatment of cardiac-related disease using adult stem cells. The hospital is currently using TheraVitae’s VesCell™ adult stem cell product to treat cardiomyopathy in no-option heart patients. Additionally, BHH has initiated a clinical trial using VesCell™ in conjunction with Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery (CABG) to treat congestive heart failure.

BHH is comprised of experienced adult & pediatric cardiologists, cardiac surgeons, cardiac anesthesiologists, cardiac rehabilitation physicians and radiologists who have trained and worked overseas in countries such as the United States, Australia and Japan. Their well-trained and experienced nurses, technicians and paramedical personnel provide 24-hour care for all cardiac conditions.

Bangkok Heart Hospital Web Site – http://www.bangkokheart.com

Author Information:
Jay D. Lenner Jr.
TheraVitae Ltd.

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Heart Muscle Health Aspects | VesCell adult stem cell therapy

In VICTORIES & SUCCESS STORIES on February 2, 2010 at 4:23 pm

Heart Muscle Health Aspects You Should Consider

Stunned or Dying Tissue can be Rejuvenated by Adult Stem Cells Injected in the Patient’s Heart

Heart muscle health aspect from James Eilert story

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James Eilert, a young man, who was a victim of the heart disease epidemic that is increasingly taking hold around the world, has been given a second chance at a healthy life thanks to VesCell adult stem cell therapy.

In 2006, at the relatively young age of 34, James experienced a major heart attack. His left anterior descending artery (or what the doctors call the ‘widowmaker’) was 100% blocked. The heart attack left him with severe damage to his heart. A normal ejection fraction is generally considered to be 55-75%. At the tender age of 34, James’ ejection fraction had sunk to 20-25%. The doctors diagnosed him as being in Class III NYHA Heart Failure.

He didn’t want to die, but figured dying would be a better option than living as he was. That was when James stumbled upon VesCell on the internet. Already a patient at the world renowned Henry Ford Heart and Vascular Institute in Detroit, James was shocked to find out that Dr. Barbara Czerska, the Medical Director of the Heart Failure Transplant Program at Henry Ford was featured prominently on the VesCell website. That, along with reading that recent medical research indicates that dead heart tissue can be ‘awakened’ by the implantation of adult stem cells gave James new hope.

He contacted VesCell and Dr. Czerska and prepared for his trip to Bangkok, Thailand to receive a new shot of hope using his own adult stem cells.

After arrival in Bangkok, James along with his father, were well taken care of by the TheraVitae team and the doctors and nurses at Phyathai 2 Hospital. James was treated by Dr. Damras Tresukosol, the director of the Phyathai-Harvard Heart Center and also the lead investigator of TheraVitae’s clinical trial using adult stem cells which was presented at the American Heart Association annual meeting in 2006.

Treated on November 14, 2007, James received 41 million of his own adult stem cells via catheter to heal his damaged heart muscle.

Told by doctors that the stem cells would take approximately 6-8 weeks to take affect, James was pleasantly surprised that the doctors were mistaken – just 1½ weeks after his stem cell treatment,

James had an echocardiogram done and found out his previously dead part of his heart had life again….

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Family hopes stem cell treatment in Thailand will improve daughter’s health

doctor-default-imageBenefit may help girl regain vision – By Hillary Gavan
Published: Monday, February 23, 2009 11:47 AM CST

Family hopes stem cell treatment in Thailand will improve daughter’s health

One Beloit mom and daughter are gearing up for the trip of a lifetime. Pamela Hottenstein is taking daughter, Cassondra Boyda, 17, to Thailand for what she hopes will be a life-changing stem cell treatment.

To help pay for the trip, friends and family are hosting a benefit starting at 2 p.m. March 14 at the Odd Fellow Lodge, 22 N. Main St., Janesville. There will be food, raffles and live music, according to organizer Barb Hansen.

Cassondra is the daughter of Pamela and James Hottenstein, a roofing supervisor at Corporate Contractors Inc. The couple has two other children – Hannah, 9, and Gracie, 2.

Cassondra was born with the underdevelopment of optic nerves and a pituitary gland as well as midline abnormalities of the brain. Her mother said doctors noticed something was different about Cassondra when she was 2 weeks old and her eyes started jerking. As she grew older, Cassondra looked young for her age and had developmental delays.

Cassondra’s condition has rendered her completely blind, hormonally insufficient and with significant cognitive and speech delays. Although Cassondra takes growth hormones and an array of other medications, there hasn’t been much doctors can do for her.

Today, Cassondra attends the Wisconsin Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired in Janesville.

She still has many challenges. Because of her hormone imbalance she often has behavior problems and can be moody. Although she can understand her family, she only has a few words she can clearly speak.

“She kind of has a language of her own,” Pamela Hottenstein said.

Pamela Hottenstein was thrilled, however, when she found out that there might be some hope for her daughter’s condition. She learned about a company which has been successful in treating children like Cassondra with umbilical cord stem calls.

The stem cells – taken from the umbilical cord of infants – are delivered through intravenous injections into the spinal cord fluid or surgical injections. Except for the surgical injections of the stem cells, the treatments are done as outpatient procedures.

Stem cells can replenish dying cells and regenerate damaged tissues. Due to the use of stem cells, some blind children have been able to have a degree of restored vision, and others with speech problems have shown verbal improvements.

Cassondra has already been accepted for treatment and will need at least six sessions. The cost of the treatments is $33,000, not including airfare or living expenses for the six- to seven-day stay in Bangkok. The family’s goal is to raise $45,000 for the trip. So far they’ve only raised about $5,000.

Because of all the strict FDA regulations, Cassondra’s mother said she won’t be able to undergo a surgery in the United States for 10 years. Even if the procedure’s approved, it may be far more costly for the treatments than in China or Thailand.

Pamela Hottenstein said her doctors at home support her decision. The mother feels that something positive will come from the treatments.

“I know and believe she will get good results,” Pamela Hottenstein said.

The benefit will be entertaining, and Pamela Hottenstein hopes it will raise money for the trip. Music will consist of a jam session, or eight hours of different musicians performing. Because Cassondra likes macaroni and cheese, there will be plenty on hand as well as barbecue. Some of the 100 raffle items include a $250 gift certificate to a furniture store, stays at various hotels and much more.

Donations can be made at any First American Credit Union, 746 Fourth St., Beloit, in care of Cassondra Boyda.

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