Ten year old Emily Johnson was born 16 weeks premature (weighing in at only 1 lb 6 oz.) and sustained nervous system damage later was manifest as an inability to communicate verbally, problems getting about, and seizures. Her doctors diagnosed her as having cerebral palsy. Like many children with CP Emily benefited from use of a walker and various kinds of therapy. In time her seizures abated and she learned to communicate via a speech device. Her parents, Patrick and Justin, wanted more for Emily, of course. Like most other parents of children with CP they went on a quest for therapies (including novel ones) that might reduce or remediate Emily’s disability and improve or enhance her motor and cognitive functioning. This quest brought them to Nova Cells Institute of Mexico (NCIM) in December 2011 and culminated in Emily’s being treated with pure umbilical cord and Wharton’s Jelly derived stem cells plus “Beacon Factor”, i.e., a proprietary hypoallergenic combination of peptides and cytokines that helps stem cells rapidly home in on and anchor to target tissues (NCIM’s Beacon Factor has been used by NCIM on all types of neurological diseases such as cerebral palsy, multiple sclerosis, spina bifida, and Parkinson’s disease with great success).
Emily’s response to her NCIM treatment began 2 months following her treatment and is ably captured in this update from her parents that came in this month (May 2012):
Our daughter Emily had a stem cell treatment through NCIM when she was 10 years old. We set up everything through (NCIM patient educator and care facilitator) Grace and she was wonderful to us. She was so attentive and loving and I really felt a bond with her over the phone and felt like I knew her and could really feel her excitement for helping kids!
When we got to San Diego, Grace and (her biochemist husband) Abel picked us up and personally escorted us to Mexico! Traveling to another country can be a bit overwhelming but they made us feel at ease and we really felt like they cared about our little Emily and they were very thorough in explaining how they get the stem cells and treat them and the desired outcome.
Since the treatment we have seen some wonderful changes in our daughter. Emily is non-verbal and cannot walk without assistance. Prior to her stem cell treatment she could not ask for help or communicate her needs effectively even with a speech output device. Now, just 5 months after treatment, she clearly articulates her needs using the device and she has also learned how to use an iPad for communication as well.
She has also shown a new level of maturity. She has demonstrated through testing that she can read well over 200 words. She is also able to build sentences and follow along with academic activities using her speech device. Her temperament has also changed. She used to break down easily and get very frustrated and she was unable to control her emotions. Now she seems to be more patient and confident in herself.
We feel that these changes are just the beginning and we are hopeful and excited to see even more good things coming from her treatment!
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Want to know more about NCIM and its stem cell treatment program for neurologic issues in children and adults? Call NCIM’s US information line at 1-562-916-3410 (10 am to 7 pm Pacific Time, Monday through Friday) or email NCIM patient care facilitator/educator Grace Pena