A young woman is back home after a desperate journey to China for experimental stem cell treatment to heal her brain.
It wasn’t a disease or a genetic defect that led to her condition. Instead, Jackie Murphree, 22, went into a coma and woke up unresponsive and in need of wheelchair after a drunk driver struck her car.
The Decatur High honor student turned Aggie was leaving for work one morning two years ago when the accident occurred. The driver got probation.
In the latest on her slow and painful journey to find the person she used to be, Jackie went to
Researchers in the United States are worried about the fact that there could be an increase in tourism to countries that “assure cures for serious illnesses like Alzheimer’s or multiple sclerosis with the use of stem cells”. From the Ukraine to Mexico, some doctors have said that they have miraculous cures, often using patients recruited on the Internet, without sufficient scientific evidence of their effects.
Jessica Grimm, a 27 year-old quadriplegic traveled from Texas to Costa Rica to try a controversial stem cell cure, which is not yet allowed in the United States.
Ten years ago, Leah Potts was a patient at Craig Hospital, after a skiing accident that broke her neck and damaged her spinal cord. The first doctors she saw warned her she might never walk again.
Today, Potts teaches Spinning, the popular and intense indoor group bicycling class. The Aspen resident can walk (with a cane). She skis again (with outriggers). And she blogs about her progress at leahpotts.com.
“I remember lying there in bed at the beginning,” she said. “I remember lying there thinking, ‘OK, this doesn’t sound too good. I have two choices: Lie here and cry about it,