It can now be announced that AIIMS has marked a global first in pioneering stem cell medicine by the “injection method”, placing the institute right at the top of the world’s medicine map.

This is very exciting news for diabetics and heart transplant patients.

As part of a path breaking study. conducted from February 2003 to January 2005, 35 cardiac patients have been given stem cell treatment and have been monitored at 6, 12 and 18 month intervals.

After six months, 56% of the affected (read dead muscles) area injected with these cells had shown improvement. After eighteen months, this went up to 64%.

With this the long queue of people awaiting a heart transplant can be cut down drastically.

Dr. Venugopal, the man behind this offers a interesting viewpoint:
“Sometimes when I have thought I would see an empty bed, I have seen a patient walk away from the institute on his own. This is important for me.”

Source: The Times of India, Kolkata Edition, Friday, February 25, 2005 [timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/1031528.cms]

Update:
I have received several queries about AIIMS, cost of treatment etc.
BTW: I am not affiliated with AIIMS in any capacity.
However I took the effort to collect the relevant information for you.
Let me know if you find it useful.

Please refer to the links below for further details on AIIMS.

  1. AIIMS Indoor Services and Costs [www.aiims.edu/aiims/hosp-serv/citizen-charter/indoor-serv.htm]
  2. AIIMS location, contact information and other general information [www.aiims.edu/aiims/hosp-serv/citizen-charter/general-inf.htm]
  3. AIIMS Out-Patient services and Costs [www.aiims.edu/aiims/hosp-serv/citizen-charter/opd-services.htm]

Update: Verghese from AIIMS commented:

its best if u visit the site www.aiims.ac.in and go to the department of neurology site ; details are available there

nothing happens over the phone here… relevant e mails are given there ;contact Dr. Sumit Singh asst prof dept of neurology or Prof Dr. Madhuri Behari HOD neurology who are running the program