A two-and-a-half-year-old Hungarian baby suffering from cerebral palsy may be persuaded by an experimental treatment that utilizes a blood sample taken at birth.Lina may be the first Hungarian child to receive an experimental treatment in the Cord Blood Center's Helping Hand program where she can recover from blood cord blood.
The baby was dropped off at birthLeena was born in September 2011, with her twin brother, Plma. However, there was a problem at birth: Lina's voice fell, so they decided to have a cesarean section. Even without complications, the birth took place, and - as in the case of Flurra, today, the parents removed the baby's stem cells from the umbilical cord. Like Kata, the mother of little Lena, she told me a long time ago that there was a research on stem cells in a family-related illness, and that no child had been asked.
The babies were developing nicely, but after a few days of vaccination, the parents realized that Lina was not moving her left hand very much. It turned out to be wrong, but the exact reason for this is still unknown (according to experts, something may have happened during pregnancy or during childbirth). Kata and Gergõ, Línna's parents immediately took the baby to gymnastics and development sessions, which resulted in her success from one step to the next: Lina now uses the left hand to some extent.
An experiment in cerebral palsyParents have learned from newsletters at the Cord Blood Center, which stores children's stem cells, that stem cells are also being tested in cases of cerebral palsy. They immediately contacted the company who logged into the "Helping Hand" program. Thus, after a Slovakian girl and a Romanian boy, Lena could be the first Hungarian child to use this handler.
The family traveled to the United States in December 2013, where a specialist medical team at a Durham hospital received Luna's infusion. The parents then started the experimental treatment because the experts emphasized that the baby's odor of garlic for one day had no side effects.
Lina wore the treatment very well, no complications, so they were able to travel back to Hungary in a couple of days. "Lina is fine now. She has climbed on the ribbed wall two weeks ago, with two hands that have never been successful. But we do not know if this is the treatment effect, we are expecting the first major signs in March," said Kata, her mother.
Experimental phaseLike dr. Miklós Pance, head of the Hungarian branch of Cord Blood Center, emphasized that this is in the experimental pilot phase (it will start in 2010 and in the near future for 6 years), so we cannot guarantee healing. But there is a gradual improvement over the next six months following treatment.
There are also 17 years of stem cell research, 130,000 clients and 43 successful implantations so far. Currently, stem cells are being used to treat 80-85 diseases, such as lymphoma and leukemia, but research is ongoing, particularly in the field of the hematopoietic and follicular cells.