Walk again after 24 years on wheel chair using Stem Cells

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From wheel chair to walk again

From wheel chair to walk again

William Orr hasn’t always been in that wheelchair, 24 years ago he survived a tragic accident while riding his bike, leaving him paralyzed from the waist down. Today, he speaks with high hopes, optimism, and an emotional strength he will one day walk again, thanks to a Bonita Springs doctor.

Bill Orr is not quite walking. But he’s getting close. And his progress may be one of the best stories of 2010 for a whole lot of reasons.

The 50-year-old Aurora man has been a quadriplegic for half his life — since a car hit him while he was riding his bike home on Route 34 in Oswego back in 1986.

In August, Orr underwent what many believe is a first of its kind stem cell procedure in Naples, Fla. — using bone marrow from his hip that doctors hope will rejuvenate the dead spine cells.

The procedure is showing “amazing” promises (…)

The enthusiasm is bigger than Bill Orr, however. Grekos believes stem cell therapy has the potential to revolutionize medicine, but it’s not going to happen through the FDA or pharmaceutical companies. “It’s going to take a grass-roots movement,” he said (…)

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