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Ecuadorian Boy with Cerebral Palsy is Cured after Cord Blood Therapy

Cerebral Palsy Cured after Cord Blood Therapy

Cord blood treatment for cerebral palsy.

After receiving treatment with umbilical cord blood stem cells, Tomas has overcome tetra spastic cerebral palsy, a condition that affects the motor skills of all four limbs. In his case it was produced by a lack of oxygen due to a malfunction of the incubator he was in after premature birth.

Fortunately for Tomas’ parents in Ecuador, they had stored his cord blood stem cells. “This decision was crucial for the life of my son,” says Diana Muñoz.


How it all started?

At the fifth month of pregnancy, Diana was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia (hypertension, edema, etc.). This forced her to stay on absolute rest for the rest of the pregnancy. At week 31 the baby’s heartbeat began to decrease due to a double knot in the umbilical cord. Doctors had to mature the baby’s lungs so they could perform an emergency c-section.

After they extracted Tomas they realized that his lungs were not mature enough, so he was placed in an incubator in the NICU. In the days following after delivery the incubator holding Tomas malfunctioned cutting the oxygen supply. “I do not know how many seconds or minutes my son was without oxygen,” says Diana. His hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy resulted in cerebral palsy with spastic quadriplegia.


The therapy

After the required tests were performed on the cryopreserved cord blood to show that the cells were in good condition, they were shipped to the Duke University Hospital in the United States.

Tomas was enrolled in the study of autologous cord blood for spastic cerebral palsy study led by Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, a pioneer in stem cell transplantation of umbilical cord blood. Tomas participated in this randomized, double-blind study over a period of three years. Some patients in the study received their own cord blood stem cells at the beginning of the study, whereas the control group of patients received their stem cells a year later. Throughout this time all relevant evaluations were performed. The final year of the study was dedicated to follow up monitoring of all the patients in both groups.


The treatment received by Tomas with cord blood stem cells meant a life changing event for Tomas, it meant a chance for a normal life.


Today Tomas lives like any other child of his age. This miraculous recovery is thanks to treatment with cord blood stem cells. Diana Muñoz, mother of the child, still remembers the time when doctors told her that her son would not be able to walk or talk. They basically told her that Tomas would not be able to reach the milestones that he has now accomplished. The treatment received by Tomas with cord blood stem cells meant a life changing event for Tomas, it meant a chance for a normal life.

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