Aleksa Covic is a 6 year old boy from Serbia. He was diagnosed with Batten disease in March 2010. Aleksas early developmental milestones were thought to be normal except for a mild developmental delay in his speech.
When Aleksa was 3 years old, he started to have mild epileptic seizures, which gradually developed to grand mal epilepsy. Aleksa presented with a fast neurological deterioration. He had problems with his balance and speech. He gradually required assistance in all daily activities.
When Aleksa'parents learned about Beijing Puhua International Hospital hospital, and saw success stories in treating Batten disease with Cell Therapy therapy, they decided to come to China to "give it a try" for Aleksa's condition.
Treatment Injections of neural Cell Therapys, self Cell Therapy activation and proliferation therapy, and rehabilitation therapy (Physical therapy, speech therapy, occupational therapy)
Before Cell Therapy treatment:
Aleksa suffered tonic clonic seizures. He could no longer speak in sentences, only intonations. Without assistance, Aleksa is unable to sit or stand. His balance is poor, as well as his vision. He has difficulty in swallowing.
Aleksa seems to react to his surroundings and recognize his family to some extent. He cannot control his neck. There are involuntary movements in his limbs.
His eyes did not respond to light when he arrived at our hospital. He rarely smiled before he had Cell Therapy treatment.
After Cell Therapy treatment:
Aleksa has gained significant improvements. He is more energetic than before and responds more actively to his parents. While in physiotherapy, Aleksa attempted to co-operate with the therapists. He now smiles, which was an amazing change for his parents, since he has lost this function before coming for treatment.
After the second Cell Therapy injection, light reflex could be observed on both eyes. He is now able to turn over onto his back with assistance from his family (it appears to be possible for him to turn over by himself). He can grasp objects with both hands. When someone holds his hand, it is easy for him to get up from lying to sitting position.
The control of his head and neck have significantly improved. He can hold his head up when supported by both hands during rehabilitation training.
Aleksa's muscle tone has significantly improved, especially in his lower limbs, which makes his movements relatively more flexible than before.
Aleksa's parents have kept a blog to record his ongoing progress. You may read Aleksa's bolg here: http://www.zivotorg.org/?cat=15
Follow up On 26 September 2010, Aleksa's father wrote to their service coordinator: "Aleksa is doing OK. He is smiling every day. We even had the oportunity to spend a few days on the Adriatic Sea and he enjoyed it. The best thing is we can take him for a walk in the sun and he does not have seizures. He started having some twiches the last few days, but it was a full moon and the wind is blowing very hard so this maybe the reason. We will see how it continues. He is still strong and we sometimes feel like he is trying to say something."