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STROKE VICTIMS ARE MAKING INCREDIBLE PROGRESS… LITERALLY OVERNIGHT. THANKS TO A NEW KIND OF TREATMENT.

IT WAS A SMALL CLINICAL TRIAL AT STANFORD THAT INVOLVED AN EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT WITH SPECIAL STEM CELLS. THE DOCTORS ARE STUNNED AND THE PATIENTS – OVERJOYED.

FIVE YEARS AGO, SONIA COONTZ SUFFERED A STROKE – THAT SEVERELY DAMAGED HER BRAIN, IT PARTIALLY PARALYZED SONIA ON HER RIGHT SIDE, AND SHE COULD BARELY SPEAK. TWO YEARS LATER, SONIA COULD STILL HARDLY LIFT HER ARM. BUT JUST ONE DAY AFTER AN EXPERIMENTAL TREATMENT, SONIA COULD LIFT HER ARM OVER HER HEAD AND MOVE IT TO THE SIDE AND ALS0 TO THE FRONT. AND HER WORDS BEGAN TO FLOW

DOCTOR GARY STEINBERG, CHAIR OF NEUROSURGERY AT STANFORD, LED THE SMALL CLINICAL TRIAL. EIGHTEEN CHRONIC STROKE PATIENTS WERE INVOLVED. TWELVE CAME TO STANFORD INCLUDING SONIA

IN THE TRIAL, STEINBERG DRILLED A TINY HOLE INTO THE PATIENT’S SKULL AND USING A VERY FINE NEEDLE, INJECTED MODIFIED HUMAN ADULT STEM CELLS AROUND THE STROKE.

THESE CELLS DON’T SURVIVE FOR LONG AFTER TRANSPLANTATION. BUT THEY APPEAR TO TRIGGER A PATIENT’S DAMAGED BRAIN TO BEGIN TO HEAL ITSELF.

FOR SONIA, HER LIFE IS BACK ON TRACK. SHE’S NOW MARRIED AND PREGNANT WITH HER FIRST CHILD

NOT ALL OF THE PATIENTS, BUT MOST OF THEM IN THE STUDY SAW A BENEFIT THAT HAS LASTED. BUT STEINBERG IS CAUTIOUS AND WANTS TO REPLICATE THESE FINDINGS IN A MUCH LARGER TRIAL. THAT STUDY IS NOW ENROLLING PARTICIPANTS.