For Hayley Pelletier an eight year Chinese girl the world of light and dark gave way to colors. After a month of stem cell treatment in Hangzhou, China, Hayley’s vision improved considerably. Now, she is more aware of what’s going on around her, as her mother explains,
Hayley was suffering from optic nerve hypoplasia, that is a medical condition characterized by underdevelopment of optic nerves. The optic nerves stretching from her eye to brain failed to develop fully. Hayley received injections stem cell injections to treat her blindness.
Heather Pelletier, Hayley’s mother contacted Beike Biotech, a firm based in Plainfield, Ill with an office in China. The expenses for the treatment was $20,000 excluding the cost of traveling and lodging. She was assisted by her Co-workers, friends and service organizations who contributed $16,000.
In China, Hayley received six rounds of stem cell. The first was given though IV and the rest were injected in to the spinal column. For the last five rounds Hayley was aneasthesized. After each injection she had to lie flat.
Although its too soon to predict about the effectiveness of treatment. However, Heather admits that the improvement was significant. Before the treatment her left eye was completely blind. It could see light and dark only, but now she can see color and movement in the left eye. She can now recognize a laptop three to four feet away.
Effectiveness of the treatment can only be realized after appointment with her ophthalmologist in three months.