Cord Blood Center Medical, Romania's first stem cell bank, has facilitated treatment with its own stem cells for a 3-year-old Romanian patient. The transplant was performed at one of the renowned centers in the field of regenerative medicine, Duke University Hospital in North Carolina, USA.
Following an accident that occurred at the age of 11 months and resulted in a severe lack of oxygenation of the brain, the baby was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. "At Alex's birth, it came as a very natural thing to store stem cells in placental blood. But we were thinking that we could help others, not that we really needed them," Alex's mother said.
One of the doctors who took care of the baby during the last two years recommended him treatment with his own stem cells in order to recover the injuries caused by his affection. The request could not materialize after the accident, but as soon as the little boy was transported and solutions for his illness were identified, Cord Blood Center Medical offered his support. After careful evaluation, specialists at Duke University Hospital accepted the use of the graft and scheduled it for intervention.
Thus, Alex traveled at the beginning of March to the United States of America, where he was given his own placental blood transplant processed by the specialists of Cord Blood Medical Center and stored in the bank of Bucharest.
"I was given the intravenous graft and the cells will circulate through his body to the brain, but we don't know how long this will take. It could take several weeks or even months. it produces hormones that send signals to its own cells to help restore brain and send signals to reduce inflammation - one of the main causes of brain damage after an accident like the one it went through. So cells can stop inflammation and can enhance the ability of your own nerve cells to recover, "said Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, an internationally known expert in the field of umbilical placental blood transplantation, Chief of the Division of Pediatric Blood and Marrow Transplantation at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, Carolina. North who took care of Alex's treatment.
About the possible progress of Alex following the infusion of his own stem cells, Prof. Kurtzberg added: "It is very difficult to estimate, but I think he may be more present, more aware of why he is surrounded and able to interact more with normally, we first see changes in cognitive function, that is, thinking, before motor changes. "
Returning home, the parents continue with the same precision and determination of the special therapies, as each one represents a brick in a broad construction that they set out to achieve with Alex.
Learn more by following Alex's treatment in the US.