Recently, a team of scientists from Yale University and Sapparo Medical University in Japan treated spinal cord injury patients with their own bone marrow derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs), increasing their ability to walk and use their hands. Previous to the treatment, 13 patients had sustained falls or minor spinal trauma resulting in loss of motor function, coordination, sensory loss, as well as bowel and bladder dysfunction. After being bedridden for several weeks from an unexpected fall, the first patient was extremely thankful to be able to independently use a wheelchair and walk upright with a walker. Thanks to their own stem cells.
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