An emergency helicopter trip in May that brought a stroke patient from Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg landed the Clarke County resident the first spot in a clinical trial at the University of Mississippi Medical Center for stem-cell therapy.
The new therapy could prevent further brain injury following the initial stroke, preserve vital motor and cognitive abilities and shorten recovery times.
The stem-cell treatment also could add a full day to a narrow four-and-a-half-hour window when current drug treatments work best.
The UMMC Comprehensive Stroke Center is one of 10 U.S. sites enrolling a total of 120 patients into the study. The