On May 26, 2007 I was involved in an ATV accident and became paralyzed from the T-6 level down. I was labeled a complete injury. For a little over 2 years I had no movement or sensation below my injury level, which was from my lower chest down.
Two years later I got stem cells and can now stand and walk with half braces that start below my knees. In September 2009, doctors at the Stem Cell Institute treated me with stem cells from umbilical cord blood and my own bone marrow. Within a month I started seeing results and after six months, I had my abs, back, obliques, hip flexors, and glute muscles all working again. I also gained some sensation all the way to my toes. Soon after, I was able to stand with no hands touching the walker after I was up as long as my knees were being blocked for up to an hour at a time.
Then in September 2010 I went for another stem cell treatment at The Stem Cell Institute. Again, the doctors used stem cells from donated umbilical cord blood and my own bone marrow. Within 3 months of this treatment I was able to lock out my own knees and walk with a walker with half braces AFO’s that went below my knees. By the fourth month after my 2nd treatment, I could walk at least 150 feet at a time without getting too tired and needing a rest. My knees were now locking out on their own with the help of the half braces. I can also, with a three inch wedge behind me, do at least 100 sit-ups in a row without stopping.
These gains have been life changing and I’m so thankful that I was able to get these stem cell treatments to improve the quality of my life.
I have always been independent, but since the stem cells things are even easier. I may do some things a little different, but I am out there having fun and living life. I also recently gave birth to a beautiful baby girl in October. I care for her on my own all day and was able to have a normal delivery and was even able to push her out myself. I continue to work out in Physical therapy and I hope to gain even more in the future, even if it means having to go get more stem cells.
Since this therapy is still not offered in the US, I had to go out of the country for treatment. Some may call it a miracle, but the experts in stem cell therapy call it science! You can click on my link below to learn more about my journey since my accident.