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Spinal cord injury victim Carol Comes says cell therapy helps ease symptoms and heal serious damage
"Everything went very smoothly with my BioXcellerator cell treatments. We don't want all those ‘what ifs.’ We are going to try it because we can't lose,"
— Spinal cord injury victim Carol Comes
She explains that her decision to receive treatment at BioXcellerator’s state-of-the-art clinic in Colombia was to help restore mobility and sensation after a serious accident. She had fallen from a horse and fractured her spine, leaving left her as a paraplegic.
Carol says her spine “just basically blew apart,” explaining, “I have rods from T5 to T11 and a titanium cage at T8 now, so I have a lot of hardware in my back.”
“We have to try it.”
After researching cell therapy, Carol concluded that “stem cell treatment in the U.S. is definitely not as advanced as what’s offered at BioXcellerator.”
“We have to try it,” she says, adding that she was confident in her treatment plan and that “the staff at BioXcellerator is awesome.”
BioXcellerator's cells regenerate damaged spinal tissue
BioXcellerator Chief Medical Officer Dr. Karolynn Halpert explains that cell therapy is based on the body’s natural repair process because “the body knows how to heal itself.”
“The result of years of research into the biological processes of regenerating damage from both sudden injuries and ongoing damage as we age,” she says.
Dr. Halpert points out that the body can use cells to create new nervous system cells to repair some damage to the spinal cord, but that extra cells may be needed, which is why cell therapy holds out hope for patients like Carol.
“We know from our research that a specific type of cell – mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) from the Wharton’s Jelly in donated umbilical cords demonstrate high potency. And we’ve developed a proprietary protocol for producing cells with the highest possible potency for each treatment,” she adds.
The process for creating BioXcellerator's cells includes screening MSCs for specific properties that indicate high healing potential and potency. Only cells that meet strict criteria are purified and then cultured and expanded into infusions of millions of stem cells patients receive.
Ongoing recovery and hope for the future
Although Carol still remains in paraplegic condition, her doctors now say her ASIA classification is now “incomplete T6.” She can feel the area of the injury, sometimes has spasms, and has some sensation in her thighs and above the knee.
“As I said, it’s not going to hurt me and can only help. It may be a leap of faith, but you have to take that leap because you never really know for sure,” she adds.
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