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Stem cells transplanted for stroke

  |   Nov. 29, 2006 at 10:59 AM
TAMPA, Fla., Nov. 29 (UPI) -- Stem Cell Therapy INTL said Wednesday it successfully transplanted its stem cell therapy into a U.S. stroke patient.

The procedure took place at one of the company's facilities in Kiev, Ukraine.

The patient is 50-year-old Rich James, a chiropractor from New York City whose left arm and left leg were paralyzed as a result of a stroke earlier this year, and who had achieved only limited results from traditional stroke treatments, the company said.

"After his stroke, Dr. James was in a wheelchair, but could walk short distances with the aid of an AFO and a quad cane," said Calvin Cao, CEO of SCTI. "He traveled to our affiliate clinic in Kiev and received stem cell transplantation therapy as well as physical and massage therapy. At six weeks post treatment, Dr. James can walk without any aids and at four months post treatment he is now able to take the N.Y. subway on his own to get around."

SCTI's therapy is comparable to organ transplantation, except stem cells rather than an entire organ are transplanted into the body, eliminating the risk of rejection, the company said. James learned of SCTI via strokenetwork.org, the company noted.

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