Second stem cell therapy for Cerebral Palsy

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Last Updated on: 17th November 2023, 04:33 am

Charlize with her mom at the airport in Bangkok, Thailand

Since the time of her birth, Charlize has gone through plenty of challenges. Cerebral palsy is a group of disorders that affect a person’s ability to move and maintain balance and posture. It’s caused by damage to the developing brain, which usually occurs before birth. In Charlize’s case, the various complications she faced during and after birth have contributed to her condition.

According to the details her family provided, there were a number of issues after her birth:

  1. Premature placental detachment: This refers to the detachment of the placenta from the uterus before the baby is born, which can lead to various complications.
  2. Pathological CTG: This likely refers to abnormalities detected during a cardiotocography (CTG) test, which monitors the fetal heart rate and uterine contractions during pregnancy. Pathological findings could indicate potential problems with the fetus.
  3. Cardiopulmonary resuscitation: This indicates that Charlize required emergency measures to restore her breathing and heart function at birth.
  4. Neonatal anemia: This suggests a deficiency of red blood cells in the newborn, which could have various causes.
  5. Intraventricular hemorrhage: This refers to bleeding inside the brain’s ventricular system, which can potentially lead to complications and neurological issues.
  6. Cystic periventricular leukomalacia: This is a type of brain injury that involves the death of small areas of brain tissue around fluid-filled areas called ventricles.
  7. Right-wing tetraspastic cerebral movement disorder: This describes the type of cerebral palsy that Charlize has, affecting all four limbs (tetra) and likely involving increased muscle tone (spasticity) on the right side of her body.

Despite having had a difficult start in life, Charlize is a cheerful, clever, and chatty young girl.  

First treatment

After learning about our therapy from a Brazilian mom whose son showed remarkable progress, Charlize’s family made the decision to go to Thailand for Beike’s treatment in the hopes that their daughter would grow more independent, develop better trunk control, and eventually learn how to walk.

Improvements

Before her first treatment in April 2022, Charlize’s mom mentioned that her daughter lacked trunk and neck control and was unable to get up when she leaned forward due to a lack of muscle power. Following the initial therapy, they observed improvements in her growth and development, as well as in her ability to maintain control of her neck and trunk, chew food more effectively, move faster, and use greater strength when moving her legs and other body parts. Her mom mentioned the family was excited to observe their daughter’s progress in making important advances.

Second Treatment

She recently finished her second treatment receiving seven more injections of mesenchymal stem cells (October 2023). Following some time spent with the team, Charlize’s mom expressed her excitement to us about seeing the new successes that lay ahead for her daughter and about her desire to return for her baby girl.

Charlize during a physical therapy session at our facility center in Thailand