May 2013 – Update from April 2013 treatment
“I don’t know what is going on, but we are already seeing changes with Ken almost as much as our first stem cell treatment in 2009! I never expected this at this point in treatment!! Ken is so calm, this is fantastic, as two treatments ago, his aggression spiked!! Thank you, everyone for this treatment!”
“Just so you know (and I know) i am not crazy, i just had a long talk with Kens teacher and she is telling me how amazing the changes are already!!!! She is able to reason with him now instead of him losing his temper and his thought process is better, much more calm…she can’t believe the changes already. Ken goes to school in fort Lauderdale. She has had parents that do lots of other therapies, NEVER has she seen changes like with Ken thank you, stem cell institute. Tell everyone thank you”
July 2012 – Update
“Ken has gone to summer camp (overnight) for the week! He was so excited to go! Ken claims that he is no longer scared of the dark and can handle summer camp…It feels very strange to not have him home this week. He is having such a good time.
This is a major event in our lives. If you understand the type of autism Ken had, you would know what a miracle this is. To clarify, Ken is at camp on his own without any support or an aide–he is just like all the other campers. Pray for the families that are still struggling and cannot do this with their children. Stem cells have changed our lives.” – Marty Kelley (Ken’s mother)
By Rob Poindexter | WABI TV5
Last year, we told you about a 9-year-old autistic boy from Glenburn who traveled to Costa Rica for an unusual treatment. His family says he’s made remarkable progress.
A year ago, 9-year-old Kenneth Kelley couldn’t read. Prior to the age of 7, Kenneth couldn’t even talk. He was diagnosed with autism at an early age. Now his parents say he reads all the time. “It’s amazing,” says Marty Kelley, Kenneth’s mother, “he was no where near that even in December. He just started a little bit a month ago. He picked up the books and started reading.”
Kenneth’s road to recovery began three years ago, when his parents started him on hyberbaric oxygen therapy. Last August, they traveled to Costa Rica where Kenneth received stem cells from umbilical cord blood. It wasn’t long after the procedure the Kelley’s noticed a difference in Kenneth. “Immediately, we noticed within that two or three day time frame,” says his father Donald Kelley.
His parents say his sentence structure has improved and he’s more aware of his surroundings. He even remembers birthdays, days of the week and he can tell time. “We’ve just been waiting for the new things and the gains to stop coming and they’re not stopping. They’re coming every day,” says Marty Kelley.
Kenneth was the first child in Maine, and one of of less than a hundred nationwide, to receive the umbilical cord blood as a treatment for autism. But that didn’t scare the Kelleys. “We were excited for his future and we were scared of a life for him without stem cells and what the future would hold with just autism and no hope,” says Marty Kelley.
The family is heading to Central America for another round of the same treatment. They’re hoping the improvements they’ve seen are just the beginning. “It looks like the sky’s the limit,” she says, “especially with the reading, I never thought I’d see it happen. He’s also doing simple math problems. His teachers who hadn’t seen him in a year said he had improved tremendously.”
If you’d like to follow Kenneth’s progress, you can log onto the family’s blog.