Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis: Dusty Durrill’s Story

Arthritis is a persistent companion that fills life with discomfort. Simple tasks become painful, turning daily routines into struggles. Fortunately, stem cell therapy for arthritis may be the solution for you. Many patients have experienced improvements with treatment, finding relief they never thought possible.


Dusty Durrill, a beloved figure in the Corpus Christi, Texas community, suffered from severe arthritis for a decade. His doctors suggested knee and hip replacements and offered no hope for his right hand. Dissatisfied, Dusty explored stem cell therapy abroad. He chose the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, where a non-invasive procedure led to positive results in just a week. 


Sadly, Dusty passed away in 2016, but his story continues to inspire many. He left behind a legacy of community service as well as the development of prominent local landmarks. His journey at Stem Cell Institute Panama exemplifies the hope and possibilities that stem cell therapy can offer to those suffering from arthritis.


Watch Dusty’s story below:


Dusty’s Diagnosis

Dusty Durrill joined us in November 2011 to talk about his experience with stem cell therapy for arthritis in Panama. “I’m not involved in medicine and I’m not involved with the [Stem Cell] Institute,” he explained. “I’m just a separate businessman that happened to end up down there.”


In his late 70s at the time of the video, Dusty struggled with arthritis continually for a decade. He had been taking glucosamine and chondroitin to deal with the pain—popular supplements for treating osteoarthritis. 


“I finally ran out of steam to where I was stooped over and my knees weren’t working. I was slipping around and obviously in pain. My right hand was totally gone. I had to shake hands with my left hand and keep my right hand behind my back because I couldn’t allow anyone to touch it. I could see that I was going to be using a walker in about a year.”


Dusty got X-rays of his hips and legs to see if anything could be done. According to his doctors, his only option was to replace both knees due to not having any cartilage left. He would also have to have his hips replaced in fewer than two years. For his right hand, Dusty was informed that nothing could be done, “It’s just gone. You don’t have it anymore.”


Discovering Stem Cell Therapy for Arthritis in Panama

Dusty wasn’t satisfied with his doctors’ prognosis. “I had a back operation about 20 years ago and it took me nine or 10 months to recover,” he explained. He didn’t have fond memories of that experience and didn’t want to go through it again. 


Fortunately, his girlfriend was knowledgeable about the veterinary field where they’ve been treating arthritis in dogs with stem cells for years. “We can fix arthritis in dogs but not humans?” Dusty asked. 


“Well, this didn’t ring the right bell. Veterinary medicine is a proving ground in this country. We are a great country. We have the most freedom of speech, freedom of opinion, expression, and movement. This didn’t ring a bell.”


Dusty was motivated to find another solution to knee and hip replacement surgery. He learned about clinics outside of the United States that specifically provide stem cell therapy for arthritis. Over time, he realized that there were vast differences in reputation between clinics. “I found them in Europe, Asia, and Central America,” he said. “So I started calling them and I got some really good answers and some really measly answers.”


This all changed when he found Stem Cell Institute in Panama:


“I called Panama and they were professional and they asked good questions. They wanted to know my health and age—everything to see whether I was a candidate or not. So we decided we’d go to Panama to see what they had to offer. They told me they could help me but that it would take three to six months to see the results. I said, ‘Okay let’s get it on’ so we got it on.”


Dusty’s Experience with Stem Cell Institute in Panama

Dusty described getting stem cell therapy for arthritis in Panama as “a lot like going to the blood bank. I never was hospitalized. There was no surgery or drugs.” He and his girlfriend had planned to stay a week. By the end of that time, he exclaimed, “All my arthritis pain was gone. In seven days. Seven days!” 


“I was facing major surgery and major recovery. They [Stem Cell Institute] said that it was unusual for [results] to come that quickly but in seven days I was cured. I was taking 17 pills a day before I went to Panama. Now I take zero. I got my hand back, my legs back, my life back. Thank you all.”


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For ten years, Dusty Durrill endured crippling arthritis. Medical professionals advised knee and hip replacements, with no optimism for his right hand. Dissatisfied, he sought out stem cell therapy overseas. Opting for treatment at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama, a minimally invasive procedure yielded remarkable progress within a mere week, restoring his mobility and retaking control of his life.


Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama is at the forefront of applied stem cell research. Since our creation in 2008, we have performed over 50,000 procedures, helping thousands of families across the United States and worldwide embrace the opportunity for a better life. Our medical team prioritizes the safety, health, and well-being of all our patients through top-notch evaluation and care.


*This post has been updated since it was originally published in December 2012 for clarity and comprehensiveness


*Note: Since our inception almost 20 years ago, we pioneered the use of stem cells from cord blood, bone marrow, and fat for a variety of chronic conditions. However, we no longer use stem cells derived from any of these sources at Stem Cell Institute Panama. Since 2015, we have only treated patients using specially-selected human umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells (hUCT-MSCs) known as Golden Cells™. Our Golden Cells™ were discovered through years of treating thousands of patients to identify the cell lines associated with highly successful cases. They are more robust than other types of stem cells, which provides our patients with the opportunity for optimal outcomes.

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