Cerebral palsy stem cell treatment
Diagnosis: Cerebral palsy with diplegia and paraparesis of lower extremities
Country: South Africa
Date of the treatment: December 2011
A six-year old girl C. suffering from cerebral palsy has undergone stem cell treatment at the EmCell clinic at the end of 2011. Three months later, her mother wrote us the following letter:
Here are some of the changes we've experienced with C.:
- C.’s speech has improved substantially, and the reports from her speech therapist(s) support this. She’s rather vocal and articulate about her needs and wants these days and is happy to point out where you need to go to get these very items.
- C.’s Occupational Therapist(s) are also reporting substantial changes in C. and we’re seeing it in her daily play, in her writing, in her drawings, in her art (cutting with regular scissors) and her shoulder movement.
- C.’s NDT Physiotherapist comments on her progress EVERY week. C. has better movement and body control – and she’s also become quite the little negotiator on what happens now in each session.
- C.’s Biokineticist first called me earlier this year to tell me how incredibly well C. is now able to throw – and stand whilst doing that! She now regularly plays ball with the other children at school.
- C. walks to the bathroom to wash her own hands, brush her own teeth, and goes to bed afterwards, leaving her walker at the edge of the bed, climbs into her bed and takes her splints off in bed, by herself.
- C. walks into school and to her class every day. It’s quite a distance, and she has to take little breaks, but she does it all on her own, with her walker and splints.
- C. is swimming with ONLY arm bands now. She can kick and move her arms simultaneously and get about in a pool without being assisted. She can go to the side and get onto the step to rest, by herself.
- C. is being sponsored for Netball by Sporty Kids, as an extramural, because she’s shown such enthusiasm and is throwing so well.
- The spasticity (stiffness) in her legs has reduced dramatically. It no longer takes half an hour just to warm her muscles enough to get her feet straight enough in order to get her into her splints. Now her legs are rubbed, shoes are on and she’s off to the bathroom and breakfast each morning.
- C. raids the fridge now just as well as any little person her age, and fetches her own cutlery from the drawer.
- C. skins her naartjies (a fruit with a skin similar to an orange, but softer), bananas and litchis herself with ease now. Oranges are still a bit of work, but she persists. She can take her juice box straw out of its plastic and put it in herself.
- C. now holds a glass with one hand and has the control to drink without shaking and spilling her juice and/or water.
- C. runs with her walker and splints. She can walk up and down ramps now and is learning how to control her speed on these.
- C. walks to the car from the house each morning now, only braced gently by the shoulders. She’s doing all the work. She’s even learning how to get into her car seat from the driveway and buckle up herself.
- C. is now quite capable of going to the DVD player and changing movies, after having selected a new one from the drawer. She puts the one she’s replacing back into its casing too, and back in the drawer.
- C. goes off to her room for a nap if she feels she needs one, or just to play with her toys. She packs away her toys and tidies her table.
- C. is beating the family at memory games. She’s cruising through the challenging educational games that she struggled with during her educational assessment. She builds puzzles by herself.
- C. can page through a book without bending the pages.
- C. is learning to dress and undress herself. A recent victory against her condition was her undressing and getting into the bath! By herself!
- C.’s posture is remarkable. She’s able to lock her knees and stand up straight, still holding onto something, but no longer with the desperate, bent grip and positioning we’d become accustomed to. She’s beginning to trust her legs. If we hold her shoulders gently she stands beautifully. Much like a child learning to ride a bike, and doing it so well, not because Mom or Dad are holding onto that seat gently – but because they can.
- C. folds clothes neatly and helps repack her cupboard. These are but a few of her incredible developmental changes since we came back from Kyiv and therapy began.