Imagine losing control of your car and waking up in the hospital paralyzed from the neck down
This is the story of Kristopher Boesen, who experienced a life-changing moment where his car spiraled out of control on a slippy road surface, slamming into a tree and lamp post.
Doctors warned Kris’s parents that he might never be able to function from the neck down again.
Kris was offered the opportunity to go through a potentially life-changing procedure involving stem cells, which ‘have the capability to repair injured nervous tissue through replacement of damaged cells‘
Dr. Liu injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells (derived from stem cells) directly into Kris’ cervical spinal cord.
Dr. Liu explains that; “Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but does very little to restore motor or sensory function.
With this study, we are testing procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands.
After a mere 3 weeks of therapy, Kris started showing signs of improvement, and within 2 months he could answer the phone, write his name and operate a wheelchair.
Kris recovered two spinal cord levels which made a huge difference in his movement abilities. It was the difference between minimal movement or none at all and being able to function on his own.
Kris regained this incredibly important aspect of independence.
After seeing the results of stem cell therapy, Kris was bowled over, saying;
”All I’ve wanted from the beginning was a fighting chance…But if there’s an opportunity for me to walk again, then heck yeah! I want to do anything possible to do that.