Stem Cell Therapy in Germany Results in Significant Improvements for Teenage Cerebral Palsy Patient

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Following stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy at the XCell-Center in Dusseldorf, Germany, 16-year- old Jona Ghelli of Holliston, Massachusetts has experienced significant cognitive and physical improvements.

The trip to Germany was well worth it and we will be returning for another treatment.

Following stem cell therapy for cerebral palsy at the XCell-Center in Dusseldorf, Germany, 16-year-old Jona Ghelli of Holliston, Massachusetts has experienced significant cognitive and physical improvements. Jona also suffers from microcephaly and a seizure disorder.

According to her mother Joanne Ghelli, Jona started showing signs of improvement soon after treatment and has continued to improve. "Jona's doing great. We saw improvements almost immediately when she was able to express to us that she was in pain just after her treatment. In the past, Jona always had trouble expressing herself whenever she was sick or in pain," she said.

After a few days, the spasticity in Jona's hands improved to the point at which it no longer hurt Mrs. Ghelli to hold her daughter's hand. Her decreased spasticity has also made performing everyday tasks much easier for Jona.

"Now that she can point her toes, it is much easier to put a pair of pants onto Jona. Before, it was a struggle," said Mrs. Ghelli. She added, "Jona is also verbalizing so much more. Now we can carry on a short conversation with her. What used to be, 'Help Jona" has blossomed into, 'Mom, can you help me dress? I need help. I can't do it.'"

Jona's physical education teachers have also noticed improvements. "They used to be forced to prompt her to use the machines but now she uses them without any prompting. Jona's therapeutic horseback riding instructor has reported similar improvements, stated Mrs. Ghelli. "The trip to Germany was well worth it and we will be returning for another treatment," she concluded.

The stem cell treatment begins by collecting a small amount bone marrow from the patient’s hip bone using a thin needle under local anesthesia. The stem cells are then separated from the bone marrow at the XCell-Center’s EU certified cGMP laboratory (current good manufacturing process). Before the cells leave the lab, they are counted and their vitality is confirmed. The last step of the treatment is minimally invasive implantation, which consists of inserting a spinal needle between the patient’s L4 and L5 vertebrae and injecting the stem cells into the cerebrospinal fluid which transports the stem cells to the brain.

The cost of the XCell-Center’s lumbar puncture treatment is 7,995 Euros for adults. The cost for children is 9,000 Euros and includes general anesthesia and a physiotherapy consultation.

About the XCell-Center
The XCell-Center operates treatment centers in Cologne and Dusseldorf, Germany. It is the first clinic in Europe to specialize in regenerative medicine using autologous bone marrow stem cell therapy and operates in accordance with German law, European guidelines and ISO 9001. Its specialized medical team of German physicians includes specialists in: neurosurgery, orthopedics, cardiology, radiology, anesthesiology and pharmacology.

The XCell-Center also treats Diabetes and its complications (Erectile Dysfunction and Peripheral Artery Disease), Stroke, Cerebral Palsy, Autism, Spinal Cord Injuries, Orthopedic diseases, Heart Disease and degenerative diseases such as Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and several eye diseases.

Since its inauguration in 2007, more than 4,000 patients have been treated.

For more information on Stem Cell Therapy:

XCell-Center Website: http://www.xcell-center.com
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/xcellcenter
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/XCellCenter

XCell-Center GmbH
at the Institute for Regenerative Medicine
Am Heerdter Krankenhaus 2
40549 Dusseldorf, Germany

E-Mail: info(at)xcell-center(dot)de

Phone: 1-866-680-8202 (USA Toll-Free) (+49) 0221-802-5095 (Germany)
Fax: 1-713-583-9322 (USA) (+49) 0221-2921-2550 (Germany)

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