As Lila sits across the table from me right now, cutting scrapbook paper and doing an amazing job at it (if I must say so myself), I am continually in awe of her focus and straight lines. Then the paper was about to slide off of the table, and I caught it in time...she looked at me with a smile and said, "Thank you". She is an amazing little girl with so many skills that her neurologist never thought she would have. She is driven to do what any of her typical peers are doing, as well as her 16 month old sister, which makes her gain new skills by the day.
Back to stem cells...upon the birth of our second child, we saved her cord blood in order to help Lila. This is the route we would like to take for her treatment, so are working hard with Cord Blood Registry and the FDA to make this happen. We will know within the next few weeks if Lila and her sister are a match, and then can move forward. If this does not work out in our favor, we will either use Lila's own stem cells through her adipose fat or bone marrow, or donated umbilical cord cells. All of the above have proven to be positive for kids with CP, in helping them to gain balance, strength, coordination, and speech. Lila also has what are called choreoathetiod movements...involuntary movements in her head and arms. These come out mostly when she is very excited and singing really loud, or extremely tired. Parents that we have spoken to whom have taken their children already for stem cell treatments say that following the treatment the children have gained control of these movements allowing them to focus on more important things....walking :-) I could go on and on! In order not to bore you all, I have attached a few links that give us hope in Lila's journey.
http://www.stemcelltherapies.org/umresearch/cerebral-palsy.html (these are not the doctors we intend to use, but their site holds some very valuable info)
http://www.healing-arts.org/children/cp/cpstemcell.htm#New Cells (studies of stem cells altering specialized regions in the brain)
http://www.3news.co.nz/Video/60Minutes/tabid/371/articleID/89418/cat/46/Default.aspx#video (original video from post)
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