Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Adult Stem Cells and Spinal Cord Injury

The Detroit Free Press continues their series of stories on a young woman from Michigan named Cortney Hoffman who received a transplant of adult stem cells to help with her spinal cord injury.

CBS Evening News is scheduled to do a story on Cortney tonight at 7 p.m.

Some excerpts from the Free Press story:

Cortney has surpassed her first goal -- standing unassisted -- since she went to Portugal in January for adult stem-cell surgery to repair her injured spinal cord.

Dr. Owen Perlman, a Superior Township rehabilitation medicine specialist and Cortney's primary physician, concluded on Cortney's last appointment April 21 that she has made gains he would not have expected if she had not had the surgery. He hadn't seen those gains in the aggressive rehabilitation she underwent for several months before the surgery.

Cortney's new goal is to walk in her braces. She's also learning to drive again, in a car operated by hand controls. Taking just a few steps with help last week thrilled her.

Hopefully CBS won't turn this story of the success of adult stem cells and hard work into a embryonic stem cell research support piece.


  1. Anonymous8:25 AM

    oh ya – absolutely
    Hopefully the coverage stays focused properly – then this could be a great and positive continued story

  2. Anonymous1:54 AM

    All of her progress was even only possible through her intensiv therapy program conducted by means of the GIGER MD Therapy Devices (goto www.gigermd.org)!!!