Vanessa Lupian’s metabolic condition forced her to have an extremely limited diet. She was born with maple syrup urine disease, which made it impossible for her body to break down proteins. Eating the wrong food would land her in the hospital with serious, sometimes life-threatening complications. A liver transplant was essentially the only way to..
After a car accident fractured Laura Dominguez’s back, Doctors told her that she would never walk again. The damage to her spinal cord left her paralyzed below the neck, but she refused to accept the prognosis, and with the help of her mother, she moved to San Diego where she could undergo extensive physical therapy..
When Diana Souza broke her arm, doctors struggled to repair the injury. A previous fracture had caused the arm to heal slightly crooked, and the second break seemed impossible to fix. After three ineffective surgeries, her arm bone was full of holes. Eventually, she was introduced to Dr. Mark Lee at UC Davis, who decided..
Kristen Soley had aplastic anemia, a rare disease that causes the body to stop making enough blood cells. The disease drastically increases risks of uncontrolled bleeding and infections. Throughout her treatments, Kristen needed multiple blood transfusions to restore her blood cells until her body could make more on its own. Unfortunately, none of the treatments..
University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children’s Hospital: Hope for More Stem Cell Transplants—Purifying Half-Matched and Unmatched Donor Cells.
Cameron Dykstra was very ill when his parents brought him to the hospital. He had contracted pneumocystis pneumonia, but that wasn’t his only problem. Cameron’s body was unable to fight the sickness because he was born without an immune system. His doctors diagnosed him with severe combined immunodeficiency syndrome (SCID), a rare genetic disorder that..
All three of Frances Saldaña’s children suffer from Huntington’s disease, a genetic immune disease that causes the degeneration of nerve cells in the brain, leading to difficulty with movement, cognitive impairment, mood problems, sight problems, and other symptoms. Most sufferers won’t show symptoms until they are between 30 and 40 years old, and the disease..
Nan Luke was just starting out her career as a lawyer when she went completely numb in the left side of her body. She was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis, a serious disease that causes the body’s immune system to attack the fatty layer that protects the nervous system, impairing nerve signals that control all bodily..
Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA) is a disease that causes the immune system to attack the membrane lining the joints. The disease causes intense pain, stiffness, and swelling, eventually making it impossible for sufferers to use their joints. Cheryl Wright was diagnosed with RA at age 22, and she underwent years of intensive hand therapy and other..
At first, Tony Underhill just felt a bit stiff in his back and legs. Every day the stiffness got a little worse, until one day his entire body felt hard as a rock. “You could have walked up to me with your pocketknife and stuck me in the arm and never got a drop of..
After years of research, Holocar®, a stem cell-based therapy that can repair certain types of eye damage was approved for use in Europe. An Italian research team led by researchers from the University of Modena and other pharmaceutical researchers created the product, and the results have been exceptional. The revolutionary new treatment can repair previously incurable..