Stem cell transplant enables paralyzed individual to walk again

Miracle Man: Chris Baer’s Journey to Walking Again with Stem Cell Therapy

Chris Baer, a paraplegic man, was invited to participate in an experimental procedure at the Mayo Clinic. During the trial, ten participants, including Chris, received stem cells transplanted into their spinal cord to replenish damaged areas. The stem cells were harvested from Chris’s body and grown in a laboratory to 100 million cells before being injected into his lumbar spine. Five years later, Chris’s doctors reported that he had become an independent individual who could walk and move his limbs.

The results of the experiment showed that seven out of the ten patients experienced muscle movement in previously paralyzed areas and could even sense light touches. While three patients did not respond to the stem cell therapy, their condition did not worsen either. Dr. Lior Unger, deputy director of the neurosurgery department at Sheba Tel Hashomer Medical Center, described the treatment as a significant breakthrough in medicine, emphasizing the potential of stem cells to repair damaged nerve cells in the spinal cord. He noted that more research is needed to determine the long-term effects of the treatment but showcases the future potential of using stem cells as a versatile healing tool in the medical field.

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