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Cord Blood Transplantation and Cerebral Palsy: Why I wouldn’t want a Miracle Cure--Editorial

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Several months ago I was reading newspaper articles online when I came across the story of Chloe Levine, the Colorado toddler who was seemingly cured of cerebral palsy after a cord blood transplantation using her own cord blood that her parents had stored for her at birth.


She had been unable to crawl or walk, her speech was poor and her right hand was permanently clenched. She had her cord blood re-infused and within four days, her speech improved and her hand started to relax. She can now ride a bike. I reflected upon what my own life might have been like today if my mother had been given the option of cord blood transplantation for me.

I was born three months premature in the 1970’s. At 18 months old and still unable to walk, I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy.

A taxi driver asked me once if there was an operation to "fix that". I laughed and told him that there isn’t a cure for brain damage. Now, it seems science has overtaken nature and for Chloe Levine and other children like her, there IS a cure for brain damage. So why don’t I forgo my holiday and use the money to have a stem cell transplant to try and cure myself of cerebral palsy?

A decorator I hired told me he knew I’d grab a cure if there was one and he bet I hated being disabled. I told him that no, in fact I did not want to change. He was stunned at my response, looking at it only from an able perspective. So why am I perfectly happy having cerebral palsy?

The Unethical Past of Stem Cell Research

Stem cell transplantation originally came about through abortions, either directly by using the tissue of a baby who had been terminated or indirectly by using embryos that are leftover from the IVF process. Although many people are pro-choice and see nothing wrong in this, I see an unborn baby as a person. At the moment of conception, the blueprint of life is there, including what color eyes and hair the child will have. At three weeks, the heart is beating. I would not want any unborn baby to lose his or her life, partially on account of myself.

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EmpowHER Guest

Consider Americord for cord blood banking – Americord Donates Cord Blood Processing and Storage Costs for Children with Cerebral Palsy for parents that have banked with them. See http://cordadvantage.com/press-room.html

November 18, 2011 - 4:09am
EmpowHER Guest

In cord blood Cerebral Palsy Treatment, stem cells that are harvested from the blood found in the umbilical cord are used. Most parents today bank the cord blood of their children after giving birth.

March 20, 2011 - 11:06pm
EmpowHER Guest

I'm in my late 30's and if there is a chance of a cure for CP, I would take that risk. I bet it wouldn't work at my age.

September 29, 2010 - 12:33pm

Wow, that's quite some CV there! I should probably interview you for an article. Congratulations on curing your son.

June 27, 2010 - 11:54pm
EmpowHER Guest

Joanna - We should talk soon.

June 27, 2010 - 7:08pm

Thanks for all your comments and regarding the cancer and stem cell transplantation, which I was not aware of. I think it is useful for treating many diseases/conditions but is still relatively new so there are probably issues that medical teams aren't aware of yet.

June 23, 2010 - 9:16am
EmpowHER Guest

Yet at the same time Cord Blood Stem Cells are being used in about 80 treatment or cures. Again simply Google "Cord Blood Stem Cells". My granddaughter will have the treatment in August for Cerebral Palsy.

June 23, 2010 - 8:26am
EmpowHER Guest

Simply Google "embryonic stem cells tumor".

June 23, 2010 - 8:20am
EmpowHER Guest

There has been no treatments of any value using Embryonic Stem Cells. In fact they cause tumors.

June 22, 2010 - 9:37pm
(reply to Anonymous)

I would love to see a reference for this statement.

June 23, 2010 - 6:24am
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