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 blood,” he said.
His doctors eventually diagnosed him with systemic scleroderma, an autoimmune disease that causes the skin to thicken. After trying every possible treatment with no success, Tony’s doctors gave him four months to live. Tony was devastated, and the tightness of his skin became worse every day. Tony’s fiancé urged him not to give up and began researching possible solutions. One day, an acquaintance mentioned the possibility of using adult stem cells to treat systemic scleroderma, which led the couple to apply for a promising clinical trial.
With the support of his fiancé, Missy, Tony was accepted into the clinical trial. The researchers were studying the effectiveness of adult stem cells transplants in treating systemic scleroderma. The day after Tony received the stem cell transplant, his ability to move had already improved. His condition has improved more and more every day since the transplant, and today he is back to work at his construction business and exercising regularly. To read more about Tony’s astounding recovery, click here to read the full article.