Monday, July 11, 2011
Paralyzed Patient First to Undergo Stem Cell Surgery
An Atlanta-based hospital is leading the next step in stem cell research by performing surgery on a patient who suffers from a severe spinal cord injury. TJ Atchinson, a college student at the University of Alabama, was injured in a car accident that damaged his spinal cord. At the hospital, doctors told him he would be an excellent candidate for stem cell therapy; Atchinson agreed, and doctors injected about two million stem cells into his injured back. Since that time, Atchinson has regained partial feeling in his legs, including sensing the weight of heavy objects placed on his lap, and tugging on the hairs of his leg. Doctors continue to monitor his progress.Severe brain and spinal cord injuries often occur as a result of a motor vehicle accident. Although many great strides are being made in research that would help heal injured patients, there is still a great deal more knowledge to discover and successfully implement in practice. Attorney Stoehr has experience working with those suffering from brain and spinal cord injuries as a result of an accident. If you would like to consult with Attorney Stoehr at the Law Offices of Attorney Doug Stoehr at no cost to you, please contact our law office.