For 2-year-old Chloe Levine, life was not easy. From her birth, she was suffering from an uncurable disease called Cerebral Palsy. His only hope was stem cell therapy.

Her parents had saved her umbilical cord blood at the time of her birth. It was the stem cell that saved her from the deadly disease. This two year old child of a toddler was infused with stem cells from her own umbilical-cord blood. It saved her from the condition. She was able to use her right hand.

Cerebral refers to the affected area of the brain; the cerebrum (however the centers have not been perfectly localized and the disease most likely involves connections between the cortex and other parts of the brain such as the cerebellum), and palsy refers to disorder of movement.

CP is caused by damage to the motor control centers of the young developing brain and can occur during pregnancy (about 75 percent), during childbirth (about 5 percent) or after birth (about 15 percent) up to about age three. It is a non-progressive disorder, meaning the brain damage does not worsen, but secondary orthopedic difficulties are common. There is no known cure for CP. Medical intervention is limited to the treatment and prevention of complications arising from CP’s effects.

CP is divided into four major classifications to describe the different movement impairments. These classifications reflect the area of brain damaged. The four major classifications are: Spasti, Athetoid/Dyskinetic, Ataxi, Mixed.

Dawn Vargo, bioethics analyst for Focus on the Family Action, said:

“Chloe’s recovery demonstrates that is it possible to treat children suffering from life-altering diseases without destroying young lives through destructive embryonic stem-cell research.”

Source: Citizenlink.com