Kristopher Boesen is true hero and his story is simply exquisite. He got into a car crash which left him paralyzed from the neck down. After his vehicle lost control due to a slippery road, he hit a tree and a lamp post.
The initial doctor prognosis was that he might never be able to move his body from the neck down.
What he went through
Having in mind his condition, Kris was given the opportunity to go through a procedure involving stem cells, which ‘have the capability to repair injured nervous tissue through replacement of damaged cells‘.
This method had no clear guarantee of improvement but Kris felt he had nothing to lose at the time.
Kris began the treatment in April with the help of Dr. Liu, who injected 10 million AST-OPC1 cells directly into Kris’ cervical spinal cord (AST-OPC1 cells come from donated eggs that are fertilized in vitro (i.e. in a petri dish).
According to Dr. Liu:
“Typically, spinal cord injury patients undergo surgery that stabilizes the spine but does very little to restore motor or sensory function.
With this study, we are testing procedure that may improve neurological function, which could mean the difference between being permanently paralyzed and being able to use one’s arms and hands.
Restoring that level of function could significantly improve the daily lives of patients with severe spinal injuries.”