Re: Cerebral Palsey and Stem Cell Therapy
My understanding is that stem cell therapy is in a very preliminary stage for CP. Some doctors I have spoken to do not think it will prove very useful for this condition, because CP involves so many different issues. I'd caution you to think very seriously about letting your child be used in what is currently an experiment. Your child is still very young. When my son was about to get his hamstrings lengthened at 14 (he's 16 now) his biggest worry was that it would make him "normal." It may be hard to believe at your stage, but he thinks he has had a lot of advantages in life because of his CP. It's also a big part of his identity. The surgery helped a lot, but was not a cure. He still walks on crutches, but he's very happy with his life. No parent wants their child to suffer. I understand your wish to do something that would make the CP go away. But, trust me, you may feel this much less strongly as your child develops. At this stage, stem cells could as easily make things worse rather than better. Be cautious.