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Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Umbilical stem cells restore feeling in paraplegic

Scientists in Korea report using umbilical cord blood stem cells to restore feeling and mobility to a spinal-cord injury patient.

The woman was paralyzed for 19 years.

After an infusion of umbilical cord blood stem cells, stunning results were recorded:
"The patient could move her hips and feel her hip skin on day 15 after transplantation. On day 25 after transplantation her feet responded to stimulation."

The report said motor activity was noticed on day 7, and she was able to maintain an upright position on day 13. Fifteen days after surgery, she began to elevate both lower legs about one centimeter.....

41 days after stem cell transplantation, testing "also showed regeneration of the spinal cord at the injured cite" and below it.....

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