Paralyzed Bay Area patient gets stem-cell therapy

Treatment tests safety of injecting stem cells in humans, with eye toward restoring feeling and mobility in paralyzed patients

The first paralyzed patient in the western United States to get an injection of embryonic stem cells underwent treatment at Santa Clara Valley Medical Center Saturday (Sept. 17), according to a statement by Stanford University School of Medicine.

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Posted by Nayeli
a resident of Midtown
on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:09 pm

Our thoughts and prayers are with this patient!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 20, 2011 at 12:44 pm

The Northwestern U. Hospital patient who got this treatment in May is the son of a high school classmate whose mother lives in the Oakland HIlls. Dad passed away two years go. Son is a medical miracle, now back to work, and now gets outpatient treatment at Stanford for foot pain .At the time, Stanford could not yet offer this. Before the NW treatment he was a 100% invalid.

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Posted by wow!
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Sep 20, 2011 at 6:17 pm

Can you please describe this in more detail? Are you saying a newly paralyzed patient with spinal cord injury who would otherwise not have recovered was given this procedure and is now walking and functioning normally? Please tell us more!

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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 20, 2011 at 8:08 pm

To wow:

I'll try to find his mother's recent letter Will get back to you - maybe print the letter with ID removed. I know it was very serious. It did not, as far as I know, originate from a spinal cord injury. She said is was adult-onset multiple sclerosis. But except for his painful feet now, he is back working and flying his own plane. He recently came to Stanford for treatment of the painful feet.

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Posted by Mark b
a resident of another community
on Sep 20, 2011 at 10:04 pm

Best wishes for this patient.....thoughts are with him from tons of people!

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Posted by More info?
a resident of Crescent Park
on Sep 21, 2011 at 11:11 am

Bob, please do tell us more. The trial is for people with recent spinal cord injuries, so it's puzzling your classmate's son would have been part of the trial.

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Posted by Paul
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2011 at 12:35 pm

According to the GRNOPC1 clinical trial inclusion criteria are:

•Neurologically complete, traumatic SCI (ASIA Impairment Scale A), zone of partial preservation < 5 levels

A spinal cord injury (SCI) refers to any injury to the spinal cord that is caused by trauma instead of disease.

I would find it surprising because it doesn't appear that someone with adult-onset multiple sclerosis is within the scope of the GRNOPC1 clinical trial inclusion criteria.

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a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2011 at 1:42 pm

Merci a GERON pour avoir permis ce premier essais clinique.

Bonne Change au 4th patient

Meilleurs voeux de rétablissemnt.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on Sep 21, 2011 at 4:35 pm

To: Wow, More Info, and Paul,

Here is the info I have although I knew about it for over 18 months that the friend's son was very ill. (Sent to me September 12, 2011)

"He had a rare very aggressive form of MS which transformed him from a vital healthy man into a complete invalid unable even to feed himself, was losing his eyesight, and ability to breathe. Got sick just 6 months after his dad died. Stanford, UCSF, and Mayo had nothing for him. Found an experimental treatment at Northwestern in Chicago that involved transplanting the immune system which was attacking him with a completely new immune system using stem cells. Lots of chemo to kill off the old immune system then infused him with his own stem cells to grow new ones. Now he has a completely new baby immune system and the disease is complete gone, he's recovered all function, but the sensory nerves in his feet are still screwed up - probably permanently and cause excruciating pain. But he can walk tho not far, drive, and even flies his plane.........This treatment is a miracle. They have cured over 400 MS patients, and the big med centers don't know about it. Northwestern is the only place in the US that's doing it. There's one in Canada & Brazil (or Chile, I can't remember.)

Bob's note: this is all I know about this right now.

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Posted by David Granovsky
a resident of another community
on Sep 21, 2011 at 7:15 pm

Let’s not waste your time, I’ll give you the results right now:


SOURCE/DERIVED FROM: comes from embryos
PURPOSE IN BODY: split for 7 weeks until you have a fetus the size of a thumbnail
OBSTACLES+SIDE EFFECTS: they create cysts and tumors, rejection requires immunosuppressive drugs for the ill patient, they carry the genetic anomalies of the donor, etc
TREATMENT HISTORY: can currently treat zero diseases, probably need to cure cancer first to use them
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Posted by Chris
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Sep 22, 2011 at 8:56 am

Iam saying prayers for this patient and the heroic journey they have begun

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Posted by Sickened
a resident of Greater Miranda
on Sep 22, 2011 at 10:21 am

Frankly, this sickens me.

How old must a person be before they can NOT be harvested for use by another?

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