An Iowa television station is following the story of Amy Foels, who was paralyzed in an auto accident. Last year, she went to Portugal and received an adult stem cell treatment from Dr. Carlos Lima, who pioneered a regenerative therapy that uses the patient’s own olfactory stem cells.
Amy has had slow but real progress. She can feel when someone touches her knees and can move some muscles formerly paralyzed.
This remains annecdotal. But it is my understanding that Dr. Lima’s work will appear this year in a peer reviewed journal and that other places will be offering the therapy as human trials advance.
Let us all wish Amy and all of Dr. Lima’s patients well. A lot of hope is riding on their progress.