Progressive Supranuclear Palsy (PSP) is a devastating neurodegenerative disease that oftentimes robs its sufferers of their memories, balance and much more. As bad as this insidious disease is, things get even worse when the patient has other neurologic challenges such as Corticobasal degeneration (CBD) (which causes cell die off in various parts of the brain including in many instances those critical to thinking and executive decision).
Recently Nova Cells was approached by a Canadian gentleman whose wife has PSP, CBD and prefrontal dementia. NCIM doctors reviewed scans of this lady’s brain which revealed clear evidence that her frontal lobes had been impacted by her disease. Her husband was advised that if his wife was treated with primed stem cells and the Beacon Factor, she would probably see very mild improvements that would most likely not be manifest until about 2 months after her treatment.
As this was a “heroic measures” case and the husband did not have an exaggerated hopes concerning outcome (“If she could just relax her right arm and hand, which has caused her so much pain, and be understood a little more, this would be a Godsend”), the patient was booked for treatment on Thursday, April 30.
NCIM patient educator and care coordinator, Grace Odgers, Ph.D. candidate was present during the lady’s treatment and had this to say about her condition and response coming out of the gate:
The patient is really in a bad condition. But as soon as she came out of the surgery she was acknowledging things and people around her. She was locking eyes with her husband and looking around which is something she had not done in a quite a while.
And, while her left arm and hand worked normally, her right arm was totally stiff and bent at the elbow and drawn up against her chest. Her right hand formed a stiff inflexible fist which she could not open or relax at all.
About an hour after her treatment the attending physician came in to check on her and noticed that she was more alert and also that her right arm and hand were now relaxed! He took her hand and opened it more and more until it was fully extended. Then her husband asked her to shake hands with him and she did which amazed everyone! We were all absolutely flabbergasted and emotional.
Soon the lady was smiling a lot, especially compared to when she first arrived. Prior to her treatment her face was somewhat stiff and expressionless and though she tried to smile, all she could manage was a forced half smile.
The doctors mentioned that when she went into the surgery room and they commenced treating her, she extended her totally stiff right leg about 2 minutes into her infusion.
The couple returned to Canada on Monday the 4th. Grace called the lady’s husband shortly after they got home and was told by him that his wife’s balance had improved significantly (He added that this is “great” because she has a history of falling).
Nova Cells will update this blog with new information and updates as they become available.
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 or email NCIM patient care facilitator/educator Grace Odgers, Ph.D. cand., by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.