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VesCell Uses Adult Stem Cells Not Fetal Stem Cells

Tuesday, February 24, 2009 - Stem Cell Guru


The story about the young boy from Israel who was suffering from Ataxia and had fetal stem cells implanted into him at a stem cell facility in Russia has made the headlines recently so I wanted to touch on that.

First, let me summarize the story (you can find it here). The boy was suffering from ataxia-telangiectasia, a rare incurable disease that affects 3 in 1,000,000 people. It also normally kills the patient in their teens or early 20's. This is a terrible disease in which the brain is also affected eventually causing the child to slur his speech, confine him to a wheelchair and have immune system problems. As stated above, there is no cure.

The boy's parents apparently took him to Russia where stem cells taken from aborted fetuses (women who had an abortion) were implanted into his brain. These are called Fetal Stem Cells. The fetal stem cells then apparently caused a brain tumor and scientists were able to determine that the tumor grew from the implanted fetal stem cells.

The fetal stem cells are different than our Vescell Adult Stem Cell therapy for heart disease and peripheral artery disease. VesCell only uses Adult Stem Cells taken from the patient's blood. These Adult Stem Cells are then implanted into the patient's heart, coronary arteries or peripheral arteries depending on the patient's condition. Simply put, we implant a large amount of the patient's own stem cells into the right spots so the stem cells may potentially do the most good.

Since Vescell only uses the patient's own stem cells, there is no risk of the body rejecting the stem cells or of the stem cells creating tumors.

Lost among the hoopla of this story is the fact that the tumors were benign and he still has the ataxia problem. My prayers go out to this boy and I hope he is doing better now.



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