Stem Cell Research and Cerebral Palsy

Stem Cell Research and Cerebral Palsy

Cerebral palsy describes a group of permanent disorders of the development of movement and posture, causing activity limitation, that are attributed to nonprogressive disturbances that occurred in the developing fetal or infant brain. The motor disorders of cerebral palsy are often accompanied by disturbances of sensation, perception, cognition, communication, and behaviour, by epilepsy, and by secondary musculoskeletal problems.

In March of last year, a toddler diagnosed with cerebral palsy showed incredible improvement after an infusion of his own stem cells. This was made possible by the collection and storage of his own cord blood shortly before birth.

“[Dallas’ doctors] said by the age of 7, there may be no signs of cerebral palsy at all,” Hextell told TODAY co-host Meredith Vieira, “So he’s on his way, as far as we’re concerned.”

Since the U.S. has more stringent regulations on unproven medical treatments, a commercial solution is not yet available. Hopefully, eventual changes to the strict regulations on stem cell research will occur – opening up literally thousands of treatment possibilities for people suffering countless diseases. Contact your congressman to let them know where you and your family stand.

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2 Comments For This Post

  1. Dean Kanas Says:

    My name is Dean Kanas. I am 20 years old, I have been searching for a cure, and stem cell research seems to be it, in due time. I would love to speak to someone about this matter. I have a mild case of Cerebral Palsy…. but I hope someone gets back to me. My e-mail address is I appreciate any help I can get on this matter. Thank you for your time.

  2. Kenneth Says:

    I have a ten year old daughter who suffers from cerebral palsy and i believe the only real help for her are stem cells. Can you tell me where i can go in the city of new york to find clinical trials for stem cells where i can actually recieve help for her. Thank you.

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