A couple of years ago, Brad Perry’s dogs started having joint problems. Cowboy, the golden retriever, developed a severe case of arthritis, while Mr. Jones, the mutt, tore the ligaments in both of his knees during some overenthusiastic play.
“It was so sad. They wouldn’t even come to the door to greet me they were in so much pain. It just broke my heart,” recalled Perry, a tractor-trailer driver from Alexandria, Ky.
Perry gave the dogs all sorts of medications, but nothing worked, and he knew such medications could result in kidney and liver damage. The dogs’ suffering became so great,
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