Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury: Tim Bishop

After suffering a T-6 spinal cord injury, Tim Bishop underwent 2 rounds of clinical protocols at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. Watch him demonstrate the remarkable gains he’s made thus far. He also discusses his transformation from the despair of being bedridden and just “arms and a head” to the hope of one day walking again. Stem cell therapy – “This is reality!”

Stem cell therapy – “This is reality!”

My name is Ernest (Tim) Bishop and I am a T-6 Level Paraplegic, on November 26th 2008, the day before Thanksgiving I was on my way home to help my wife and daughter finish making the pies for Thanksgiving Day and I had a car accident. I came home on February 24, 2009. Since then I have been researching stem cells and all other avenues I can in hopes of regaining the functions of an able bodied person. I found Costa Rica and a lady (Trish) who had already been to Costa Rica. She went to Costa Rica for one month. I went in March 2010. I am hoping to raise enough money to go get more stem cell therapy and bone marrow like Trish did. I have had some significant gains since I have had the stem cell shots. I have gained from my chest right below the breast bone to my pelvic area. I can now feel sensations and have gained muscles in my stomach and back. Before my first set of stem cells I had none of this…I just think of where I might be if I would of been able to stay for a month of treatments. I will know the full benefit of my stem cells up to six months after the treatment and that will be around September 2010. The therapy in other countries is also so much better than in the US. In the US therapy is all about teaching you how to live with the way that you are and about taking notes during what is supposed to be your time. In Costa Rica the therapy was about not settling for less and trying to get you to focus on and do things that you would never think was possible. All of the US doctors have said “you are paralyzed and you will never walk again, that’s just the way it is.” That does not give one hope at all. In Costa Rica I was treated with hope. They encouraged me to try to move my legs, to stand in walker and got me to do it. They got me to do things that I haven’t done since the accident. It felt so great just to stand…While I was there; there were three T-6 complete paraplegics. Two of them were walking with braces and the other one was me. The two that was walking with braces were on their second trip.

Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury: Julio Esteban Molina

“Before the treatment I had a complete paraplegia and now I can move my lower extremities and I can walk short distances with braces; to me this is a great improvement!”

My name is Julio Esteban Molina, on October of 2007 I had an accident that caused me a spinal cord injury and left me in a wheel chair. In 2008 I found the Stem Cell Institute; they treated me with adult stem cells and gave me a new hope for my personal development. From the first day of the treatment the doctors and staff have always been high quality, plus a great sense of responsibility and especially humility. Before the treatment I had a complete paraplegia and now I can move my lower extremities and I can walk short distances with braces; to me this is a great improvement! I think Stem Cell Institute changed my life and it offers a new opportunity to people that suffered from Spinal Cord Injuries.

2012-12-06T17:33:31+00:00December 6th, 2012|Patient Stories, Spinal Cord Injury|

Stem cell therapy for spinal cord injury: Jason Slawson

Jason Slawson is a spinal cord injury patient injured in 2009, with a complete section, T10 level of injury.

“If i keep my feet together i can travel about forty feet with the aid of my walker.”

“I’m doing pretty good. I can stand up with the assistance of a walker, but it is very difficult to step. I’m much better at stepping with my right foot than my left, as my left tends to drag every time. Also I never know how long my legs are going to sustain my body weight, but usually it is for about two to three minutes. If i keep my feet together i can travel about forty feet with the aid of my walker.”

2012-12-06T17:30:00+00:00December 6th, 2012|Patient Stories, Spinal Cord Injury|

Stem cell therapy for autism: Victoria

It must be the stem cells…

Victoria explains the remarkable progress her son has made since undergoing stem cell therapy for autism in Panama at the Stem Cell Institute. He no longer needs to be placed into outside care. All of the professionals who care for him agree that “it must be the stem cells”. He has experienced a “rocketing of understanding”. He is now peaceful, calm and does not attack anyone. He can now be safely around his infant sister.

2012-12-04T17:41:44+00:00December 4th, 2012|Autism, Patient Stories|

Stem cell therapy for autism: Millie Jimenez

Millie Jimenez discusses her twin boys’ improvements after they both underwent stem cell therapy for autism at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama. One of the boys, who was non-verbal prior to treatment is now speaking in English and Spanish. The other has stopped stimming and both are now making a “more affectionate” connection with their mother.

Stem cell therapy for autism: Juliana Ubinas

Juliana discussed the improvements her daughter has made over the past year and a half after undergoing 2 stem cell clinical protocols at the Stem Cell Institute in Panama City, Panama.

“The changes have been extremely positive and obvious. After my daughter’s first treatment in January 2010, her tantrums diminished. She could transition from one activity to another without throwing a tantrum. She had more self-control. After the second treatment in June 2010, she was in contact more with her surroundings; as if a veil had been lifted. She was surprised, happy and wanting to be with her friends. Her social interaction improved. Before, she was very isolated. After she returned to school following her second treatment, she was able to do “show and tell” for the first time ever. Now she welcomes other children and wants to be part of the group. Her speech is improving. Now she can express to others what she wants.”

Stem Cell Therapy for Heart Disease: John Coleman

John “Skeeter” Coleman, III received stem cells for heart failure in Costa Rica in 2008″

“… Blood samples were taken to find donor placentas with tissue types compatible to mine. Three weeks later I received two IV injections per day for seven days. It was done on an outpatient basis in CIMA hospital. Simple, painless and I could drive myself to and from the hospital for the injections. Four months after the stem cell therapy my cardiologist asked me to return for tests to see if we had made any progress. Blood studies revealed BNP 620 (down from 3,875); Hemoglobin A1c 6.0; all other tests were normal. Ejection fraction had increased to 51 (up from 26 two months after ICD implant and up from 12 on original admission) and there were no further problems with dyspnea. She was ecstatic. I was elated. We hugged and both of us shed tears of joy before she emailed that same phalanx of physicians who kept me alive previously with my spectacular results.

“The quality of my life has been enhanced immeasurably. I definitely breathe easier and I’m climbing up and down the mountain daily with no problems and no stopping every 15 meters (48’) to catch my breath.”

Prior to stem cell therapy my ICD defibrillated five times preventing sudden cardiac death. A change in one medication followed by the stem cell therapy and I am “defib free” for 14 months. The quality of my life has been enhanced immeasurably. I definitely breathe easier and I’m climbing up and down the mountain daily with no problems and no stopping every 15 meters (48’) to catch my breath. How long I will live is not in my hands but I appreciate the fact I am no longer burdened by a powerful pharmaceutical lobby that maintains a stranglehold on the US Congress. One doctor explained it in simple terms. “Pharmaceutical firms make money selling drugs. Stem cell therapy has the capability of curing possibly eliminating all drug therapy. There are many things the United States has to be proud of. This isn’t one of them.Think about it.!”

2012-12-03T22:38:27+00:00December 3rd, 2012|Heart Disease, Patient Stories|

Stem Cell Treatments for Heart Disease: Daniel Wills

“I was diagnosed with mitral valve prolapse in October of 2005. Dr Tonkovic of Midwest Heart Specialists in Hoffman Estates Illinois informed me i needed surgery to repair the valve immediately. He said that he felt without surgery I would die within six months. I had the surgery. Dr. Timothy James at Sherman Hospital in Elgin Illinois did the surgery. In February 2006, after being diagnosed with heart failure, I had a bi-ventricular pacemaker/defibrillator placed.

Eating right, resistance training, and running was a daily part of my life prior to my diagnosis. It was noted that I probably did not notice the heart failure symptoms because I was in such good physical condition. This probably led to the advanced condition.

The ejection fraction (EF) is the measure of the left ventricles pumping strength, it’s the percentage of blood pumped out of the left ventricle on each beat. Normal EF is between 50% and 70%. An echo in January 2009 showed an EF of 30%. An echo in January 2010 showed an EF of 20%. The echo’s note “severely reduced left ventricular systolic function…”

“I was hoping to improve my EF to somewhere in the 30% range, it seemed to be a comfort zone for me. To hear that my EF had improved to 40% was far above my expectations.”

I am under the care of Dr. Heroux at Loyola Medical near Chicago Illinois. My feelings were, at that point that things were slowly, or not so slowly, getting to a point where I really needed to do something other than “manage” my heart failure. So now what? What do I do? My mother had come across an article in the Houston newspaper about heart issues and stem cells. So I started researching and found ICM, Cell Medicine/The Stem Cell Institute, and decided to “take a chance”. I had a great deal of support from family and friends, without whom this would not have happened. This chance that I chose to take was stem cell therapy.

In April 2010 I went to ICM in Costa Rica and found everything there exceeded my expectations. They met us at the airport, they ensured our accommodations were taken care of, they had a driver for us every day. They were incredibly professional. The facilities were better than expected; we went on a very impressive tour of the lab. Marcela Potts was in charge and she handled everything for us, without flaw. I could go on and on. I had five days of stem cell treatments from April 26th through April 30th. The staff and medical personnel were terrific. They really were professional and to me they easily met any expected standards.

I had an appointment with Dr. Heroux on July 12th, ten weeks after my stem cell therapy, and he asked me to get an echo that day. It seemed a bit unusual, but he has my trust. They called a few hours later and told me my echo had been read and that the EF was now at 40%, “a big improvement”. It’s not easy to measure the improvement when it comes to heart failure from a personal standpoint. Reading it through an echo is one thing but to determine change can’t really be measured like a thermometer, you can’t read the temperature on the scale. After only ten weeks I am reluctant to make any real claims to improvement, but I do have to admit I am feeling better overall. I have far less bouts of tiredness. I can go all day without serious palpitations the rest of the night.

I was really hoping that the stem cells would take and that it would be enough to improve my condition some. I was hoping to improve my EF to somewhere in the 30% range, it seemed to be a comfort zone for me. To hear that my EF had improved to 40% was far above my expectations. It has only been ten weeks so we have a long way to go before a real determination is made. So far so very good!”


2012-12-03T22:05:19+00:00December 3rd, 2012|Heart Disease, Patient Stories|

Stem cell Therapy for cerebral palsy: Dylan Hancock (Mansfield News Journal)

Dylan and Tessa Hancock - Stem Cell Treatments for Cerebral Palsy

Stem Cell Therapy Subjects Dylan and Tessa Hancock with their father, Jeremy

Written by Jami Kinton
Mansfield News Journal

ASHLAND — Three-year-old twins with cerebral palsy are making life adventurous, challenging and bittersweet for the Hancock family.

“They’re happy kids but it definitely makes it more difficult because as a parent you want them to have every opportunity that every other child has,” said mother Carrie Hancock. “It’s hard, but we’re handling it the best we can.”

Because they were born 10 weeks premature, both children suffered developmental delays.

By the time Tessa and Dylan were 20 months old, Tessa had been diagnosed with cerebral palsy, a permanent disorder that affects movement and posture. At that time, parents Carrie and Jeremy were getting ready to take their daughter overseas for a stem cell transplant, a procedure that would allow Tessa to live a better, less physically restricted life.

The results were remarkable…

In the midst of their planning, the family was soon faced with another obstacle. That January, Dylan also was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

“What do you do? They’re your babies. You just go with it and do what you think is best,” Carrie said. “Before, we were always told that he just had developmental delays, but as much as you hated to hear it, it was almost a blessing because we were paying out of pocket for him because he hadn’t been officially diagnosed.

“That’s the silver lining I guess and now we’re able to get him the help he needs.”

The Ashland family ended up taking Tessa to Panama City, Panama, where she had her first round of stem cell treatments in 2009.

“She did really well and had a lot of improvement with her vision,” Carrie said. “Her tone in her hand had decreased and she wasn’t fisting all the time. When we went back in July, we took both the kids.”

The results were remarkable.

“As soon as we took him, he was like a whole other kid,” Carrie said of Dylan. “He was babbling and it helped him in so many different ways. He also just walked independently a couple months ago. For Tessa, it made her stronger. She was already smart and attentive.”

Today the twins attend therapy sessions at MedCentral Pediatric Therapy one day a week and preschool at Tri-County Preschool four days a week. They receive occupational, speech and physical therapy.

“A typical day for us includes them going to school a little after 8 and they’re picked up a little after 11,” Carrie said. “After we get them home and fed, Tessa goes down for a nap and then Dylan stays awake and I get alone time with him, which is nice. We work on walking and sitting up with them, but try to incorporate it into their play. We try to make it a fun time.”

The family takes the twins on outings by stroller and enjoy their play time together, but each day can be daunting.

“The biggest difference is the physical challenge of dressing and feeding. Tessa is in the process of being potty trained, but Dylan doesn’t want to yet,” Carrie said. “She can’t feed herself and we’re still changing diapers at age 3.

“Dylan’s not walking. If you ask him to pick up something, he doesn’t understand. It’s challenging.”

Recently, Dan and Stephanie Kreisher, of Ontario, held their third fundraiser for the family. Jeremy was on Dan’s 1994 state championship baseball team at Ontario High School.

The Kreishers and friends raised $1,400 for the Hancocks, along with providing them two iPads for Tessa and Dylan after learning the electronics would help their communication skills. The iPads were sponsored by Elite Excavating and Zara Construction.

“We have so much and are so fortunate that we wanted to help others,” Dan said. “Jeremy and Carrie are such positive people. They’re the happiest parents, just very admirable people.”

The feeling was mutual.

“I can’t say enough about Dan and Stephanie. The iPads are huge for us. We’re in the process of getting different communication devices to help with fine motor skills,” Carrie said. “They use them in school and it’s nice to be able to incorporate what they’re learning at home. Life isn’t easy, but we are very blessed.

“The best way to describe our family is that we’re taking the scenic route. We’re taking the back roads. We’ll get them there, but it just might take a little longer.”

2012-12-03T19:42:57+00:00December 3rd, 2012|Cerebral Palsy, Patient Stories|

Stem cell therapy for autism: Emma

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Emma playing ‘wonder ball’ at the pool with her friends.

A year ago tomorrow, when I began this blog, we had just returned from Costa Rica where we took Emma for her first stem cell treatment. We were filled with anticipation, fear and excitement, alternating between fantasies of miraculous recovery and tremendous uncertainty and worry. Like most things in life, we could not predict what the future would hold. We could not know that a year later we would be where we are now, that Emma would be where she now is.

So a quick review… Emma has hit so many milestones in the past year it is difficult to say one is more significant than another. My immediate thought was the most important thing in the past year has been that Emma is learning to read and write (more on that later) and while that is certainly an incredible achievement, when I consider that she is also completely toilet trained, even during the night, that too seems equally significant. I know of families with autistic children – now in their teens – who wear a diaper to bed, with no end in sight. The endless changing of sheets each morning is something I am grateful not to be confronted with. In addition, Emma use to wake up in the middle of the night, often more than once, leaving all of us exhausted to the point of hallucinating. Until we had Emma I had never known exhaustion such as that – to be woken and kept up for hours at a time, only to then face a full day of work where you must function, make decisions and not fall asleep during meetings, is nothing short of surreal. Emma rarely wakes us these days, though she did keep her brother up last night. Poor Nic was showing all the signs of exhaustion we have come to know so well. We will speak with Emma, (which is another milestone) and remind her that she cannot do this.

Emma is speaking in longer, more coherent and increasingly complex sentences. She is expressing herself in more sophisticated ways and is showing genuine empathy for others. She is also initiating more. She has formed friendships with specific children at her school, requests to see her cousins, is clearly upset when told they are not available to come over. Emma seeks out our company, often requesting that one of us join her in her room to watch a movie with her on her computer or play specific games with her. While staying in Aspen with my mother, Emma approached her Granma and said, “Granma can’t snap her fingers. Granma hurt.” She then gently patted my mother’s arthritic fingers.

“No my fingers can’t do that any more,” my mother said, showing Emma her arthritic fingers.

Emma stared at them for a moment and then reached over and tried to snap them. We heard my mother’s knuckles crack as Emma did her best to assist in helping my mother snap her fingers.

“Oh no!” I said, looking over at my mother with concern. ”Are you alright?”

My mother was laughing so hard she couldn’t speak and simply nodded her head. Emma looked on with a grin, trying over and over again to snap her Granma’s fingers. It was a wonderful moment between my mother, whose knuckles kept cracking, much to Emma’s delight and Emma.

The next morning my mother entered the kitchen and said, “Good morning Emmy!”

To which Emma responded, “Good morning Grammy!”

To date we have taken Emma to Central America for stem cell treatments three times now. We have not decided whether we will return for a fourth treatment in the next few months until we have some blood work done to measure her cytokines.

Yesterday as I worked with Emma on her literacy program I handed Emma an index card which said, “the man”. I had laid out a toy plane, a truck, a man and a kid on the table. I handed Emma the index card and said, “Give me this one.”

Without hesitation Emma picked up the toy man and handed him to me. These are the moments, moments I could not allow myself to wish for a year ago, that take my breath away.

Emma is progressing beyond my wildest dreams.

2012-12-03T18:33:05+00:00December 3rd, 2012|Autism, Patient Stories|