Cerebral Palsy / ONH | Stem Cell TestimonialDue to complications at birth, Kaden was born premature and since the beginning diagnosed with Cerebral Palsy, Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, and Apraxia of Speech. While receiving his 2nd stem cell treatment, Kaden and family share their incredible improvements and hopes for the future.
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Trelle, Optic Nerve Atrophy | Stem Cell Treatment TestimonialAfter receiving stem cell treatment in China and noticing improved light perception, Trelle decided that another round of treatment was needed to continue seeing improvements.
Septo-optic Dysplasia / Autism | Stem Cell Treatment TestimonialIreland Kidd was diagnosed with Septo-optic Dysplasia and Autism with no hope for improvement from local doctors. Her mother tells of their comprehensive stem cell therapy journey with Beike stem cells and functional medicine provided at Better Being Hospital in Bangkok, Thailand. filmed during their second treatment.
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ONA Patients Talk About ImprovementsOptic Nerve Atrophy patients can receive adult stem cell transplants targeted at improving vision. ONA leads to varying levels of blindness. It is caused by a variety of factors including heredity and physical damage to the optic nerve. These men had been given no options for medical treatment prior to adult stem cell transplants.
Matt and Adam have the hereditary form of Optic Nerve Atrophy. Here with their wives, they discuss the improvements they saw through their treatment and how it has improved their quality of life.
Adult stem cell treatments available today in China are not a cure for ONA. But with blindness, even incremental improvements in vision can have powerful impacts on an individual's quality of life.
Carl Dean Stevens - Ischemic Optic Neuropathy Stem Cell PatientCarl received adult stem cell transplants in China in 2007 for the treatment of Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. The donated umbilical cord blood stem cells were transplanted to Carl to help stimulate redevelopment of his optic nerve.
Three years along, Carl still maintains the light perception he got back during the treatment.
Adult stem cell treatments available today are not cures for Ischemic Optic Neuropathy. Carl's visual improvement, while significant in improving his quality of life, does not amount to a full recovery.
Stem cell therapies offering quality of life improvements to debilitating conditions are available and accessible today.
Macie Morse - ONH (2nd Treatment)Macie Morse received her first round of stem cells in 2008 to treat blindness caused by optic nerve hypoplasia. After this treatment her vision had improved to a level where she could get her driver's license.
We caught up with Macie and her mother during a second round of adult stem cell treatments in 2010.
Macie's story has been covered extensively by international news outlets. In 2008 a US television production crew attempted an intervention to prevent Macie from coming the first time.
Macie's parents raised her without teaching her Braille or focusing much on her blindness. At 15, Macie did not know her visual abilities would keep her out of fighter-pilot school, F1 competition and all other normal driving activities.
These interviews were shot while Macie and her family were staying at the hospital in Qingdao.
Dr Klein - Ophthalmologist on Adult Stem Cell TherapyDr Klein is an American ophthalmologist practicing in Florida. His work has led him into contact with several Optic Nerve Hypoplasia patients who have traveled to China for adult stem cell treatments. We asked him how he got involved with patients going outside the US for medical treatments, what dangers existed for patients making the trip and the limits he saw on the improvement possible.
Note: Dr Klein is not endorsing nor recommending any stem cell product or treatment. He is not affiliated, sponsored nor compensated by StemCellsChina nor anyone related to it. This interview was shot as part of a documentary project.
Matt Elam - Optic Nerve AtrophyMatt has been able to do a lot in life in spite of optic nerve atrophy. All his life he's suffered from very limited vision. His vision didn't keep him from playing professional football but it did keep him from reading to his kids at night.
During his treatment in China he began to notice significant improvements in his vision. Check out the video for his full report.
Dakota Clarke ReturnsDakota "Cody" Clarke returned to China for a second cycle of adult stem cell treatments in 2010. News media, including the BBC, covered their first journey extensively.
Cody has Septo Optic Dysplasia stemming from a malformation of the midline of the brain. SOD can lead to numerous developmental and physical challenges. Some people are much more affected by the condition than others.
Cody's parents were dismayed by what they saw as a very negative portrayal of the treatments. They saw eight or nine significant changes in her condition, occurring during or immediately after the treatments, which her doctors at home would only describe as "coincidences". For her family, the accumulation of these coincidences around stem cell treatments have not been insignificant to her quality of life today.
Watch her first video here: http://vimeo.com/4703198
Brazilian ONH and SOD Stem Cell PatientsPortuguese with English subtitles.
Manuela and Giulia come from the same region of Brazil. News of Manuela's fundraising efforts introduced Giulia's family to umbilical cord blood stem cells.
While Manuela has optic nerve hypoplasia, Giulia suffers from septo optic dysplasia. Both conditions include underdevelopment of the optic nerve.
Both received transplants of umbilical cord blood stem cells administered at Qingdao's Chengyang's People's Hospital.
If you are interested in evaluating your condition for suitability, submit an inquiry at www.stemcellschina.com.
Valerie Dolan - Optic Nerve Atrophy Stem Cell PatientValerie Dolan woke one morning to find her vision seriously deteriorated. An unknown inflammation around her optic nerve was brought down with steroids but the damage it caused stuck. A few years later with no significant progress back home, Valerie chose to come to China to receive donated umbilical cord blood stem cells. These stem cells are a form of adult stem cell.
Valerie saw her vision change radically during her time in Qingdao and afterward. Her visual distance improved significantly. Even colors she had lost came back into view. We can't tell you how happy we were to hear her say "I bought red clothes!"
You can find her blog and patient experience over at www.stemcellschina.com.
Dakota Clarke - SOD Stem Cell PatientNew Video Available Here: http://vimeo.com/35996465
Dakota Clarke came to Qingdao to receive adult stem cells to treat her septo-optic dysplasia in early 2009. In this interview shot near the end of their time in China her mother discussed their experience and Cody's condition at the time.
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Darren Clarke's SOD/ONH and Stem Cell UK Discussion
The BBC crew following the family produced a segment claiming StemCellsChina called her improvements "nothing short of a miracle". While we are happy for the Clarke family we do not claim miracles and have not done so here.
Septo-optic dysplasia leads to many complications--including blindness. While the BBC program focused on her vision, the Clarke family still claims that they've witnessed numerous improvements in her overall health including her vision.
We are grateful for the opportunity to present the Clarke family's side of the story here. Stem cell therapy, to this date, cannot provide a "cure" for any condition. The adult stem cell therapies available in China today may provide quality-of-life improvements.
For more information about therapies and hospitals providing treatment today, check out the StemCellsChina website.
Adam Kitchen - ONA Stem Cell PatientAll his life Adam has lived with Optic Nerve Atrophy (ONA). A hereditary condition, ONA leaves Adam looking at the world as if through glasses covered in vaseline.
During Adam's adult stem cell treatment in China his wife found him staring at her more and more across the dining table. He realized he was seeing her more clearly than he ever had before.
Seth - CP and ONH Stem Cell PatientSeth was born in 2008 and was soon diagnosed with cerebral palsy (CP) and optic nerve hypoplasia (ONH). Seth received adult stem cell therapy in China to treat symptoms of CP and potentially improve his vision.
Seth's grandmother sat with us for an interview in St Joseph, Missouri.
London - SOD Stem Cell Patient
Jaden - ONH Stem Cell PatientJaden was born with Optic Nerve Hypoplasia, a developmental disorder affecting vision and hormone levels. In 2010 Jaden's parents took him to China to receive injections of non-embryonic adult stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood.
The treatment is not available in the West yet over the past five years thousands of families have come to China to live in a hospital for a month as their loved ones receive transplants of adult stem cells.
In this video Jaden's family discuss their decision to come to China, living day-to-day in a hospital and the improvements they saw in his condition during that time.
Check out more videos from today's stem cell pioneers at StemCellsChina.com
Harvey Jones - SOD Stem Cell PatientHarvey Jones and his family traveled from Liverpool to China for Harvey to receive injections of umbilical cord blood stem cells. Harvey's condition, septo optic dysplasia, is a complicated disorder leading to a host of problems.
While not a cure, adult stem cell therapy can improve patients' overall condition and quality of life.
Keiran - Septo Optic Dysplasia Stem Cell PatientKeiran is now an "Old China Hand". At 15 he's been to Qingdao twice to receive transplants of adult stem cells. He gets them delivered via spinal and IV injections. He was worried about the spinals at first but these days he handles them well.
His vision has improved noticeably since prior to his stem cell treatments.
Keiran and his mother sat down with us for interviews and let us get some video of Keiran getting some fire-cupping therapy at the hospital as well.
Connor - Optic Disorder Adult Stem Cell PatientConnor's stay in China saw him regain light perception for the first time since he was a baby. A child who would play in either lit or unlit rooms unaware of the light, in China he began to notice lights turning on and off.
Connor's condition has been diagnosed as Leber's Congenital Amaurosis, a disorder whose diagnosis has been questioned by his mother. But the use of adult stem cells to coax a little life back into the optic nerve is fast becoming a common, if unheard of in the West, treatment for optic disorders.
Adult stem cells are not a cure for his disorder but his family believes gaining any light perception is better than the alternative.
Connor loves Cher's music. He raised money for the stem cell treatments singing his favorite songs--and Cher's at the top of the list. After his adult stem cell treatment in China Connor was able to travel to Las Vegas to meet her before he headed back to Australia. We enjoyed his sample of her music he sang for us in Qingdao.
To see more videos of patients undergoing adult stem cell treatments in China head over to www.stemcellschina.com.
Cassie - SOD Stem Cell PatientCassie and her mother traveled to China to receive adult stem cell treatments practiced there for Septo Optic Dysplasia. SOD is developmental condition with wide-ranging affects on the body.
While still in the hospital in China Cassie's mother discusses their decision to try this new therapy and the treatments they received in China. We caught up with them back in the US as well where we got an update on Cassie's developments following treatment.
Carlie Smith - SOD Stem Cell PatientCarlie Smith traveled to China to receive transplants of umbilical cord blood stem cells. She lived in Qingdao China for a month with her mother and father.
Carlie has Septo Optic Dysplasia, a condition that effects the brain including the optic nerves. While Carlie doesn't have all the possible symptoms someone with SOD might face, her family wanted to do everything they could to extend her range of vision as much as they could.
In this video her parents discuss their decision to come to China for umbilical cord stem cell therapy and the challenges they faced in the process.
If you or a loved one would like more information about adult stem cell therapies available today please visit www.StemCellsChina.com and submit an inquiry today.
Read her full patient experience at StemCellsChina
Lilli Mann - ONH Stem Cell PatientIn this video Lilli's mother discusses the condition causing her daughter's blindness, treatment options available to them in the US and their decision to try umbilical cord blood stem cells.
Introduction to Tatyana Larbi -- ROP Stem Cell PatientTatyana Larbi received IV injections of umbilical cord blood stem cells to in the hope of improving her vision. Tatyana has Retinopathy of Prematurity, a side effect of the incubation of premature babies. Increased oxygen levels in the incubator impede the optic development.
Tatyana received this treatment at Chengyang People's Hospital in Qingdao, China. Adult stem cell therapy is a readily available treatment option for many conditions in Chinese hopsitals.
This video is a short form of a full interview you can find at http://vimeo.com/5027195.
For more information please visit www.stemcellschina.com.
Nanna - Optic Nerve Hypoplasia Stem Cell PatientInterview in German with English subtitles.
Nanna is a beautiful twelve-year old from Switzerland. She is virtually blinded by Optic Nerve Hypoplasia. Nanna wants to read and write like other girls her age. For such a young girl she has spent a lot of time pursuing any advantage that might improve her vision.
Her mother said surgery wasn't an option risking a complete cut to Nanna's optic nerve. But the developmental activity of adult stem cells delivered via lumbar puncture has been felt by many people with optic disorders.
They traveled to Qingdao to give stem cells a try. In this video Nanna and her mother talk about her condition and the experience of receiving such a new therapy in China.
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Matt Sims - SOD Stem Cell PatientMatt and his family traveled from the United States to China for Matt to receive several transplants of umbilical cord blood stem cells over the course of a 40 day cycle including physical therapy, acupuncture and electro-wave therapy.
Matt has a disease called Septo Optic Dysplasia. He has limited vision and some learning disabilities. But he lives independently holds a regular job and just wants a bit more independence.
Matt wants to drive.
Matt knows that adult stem cell therapy, as delivered in China today, is not a cure for SOD but it could help improve his vision and his quality of life.
Visit us at StemCellsChina.com. If you're interested in a suitability evaluation for your condition submit an inquiry and we will work to connect you with a provider hospital.
Tyler - ONH Stem Cell PatientTyler and his mother spoke to StemCellsChina during the August Awareness event in Tampa Bay. Last year Tyler received transplants of umbilical cord blood stem cells in China--and survived to tell the tale! Here, several months after the therapy, he talks about the improvements he saw in his vision and his mother discusses her role as caregiver during the month abroad.
See his full Patient Experience at StemCellsChina
Shirdesh Singh - ROP Adult Stem Cell TherapyShirdesh has Retinopathy of Prematurity (ROP) and came to China for adult stem cell therapy. He received several transplants of non-embryonic umbilical cord blood blood stem cells.
Therapy was delivered by the medical staff at Bethune International Peace Hospital. International patient services were provided by Beike Biotech.