REASON FOR TREATMENT: Linda was suffering from Parkinson's symptoms for 5 years. During the last year her condition deteriorated and she considered having a DBS (Deep Brain Stimulation) surgery. Eventually, Linda decided to come to China for Cell Therapy treatment.
DIAGNOSIS: Parkinson's Syndrome (stage III on Hoehn/Yahr scale).
BEGINNING OF TREATMENT: March 6, 2007.
TREATMENT: hRPE Cell Therapys implantation (human Retinal Pigment Epithelial cells, (adult Cell Therapys) by stereotactic brain injection + nutritious Cell Therapy cocktail treatment (intravenous).
CONDITION BEFORE THE TREATMENT:
See Videos: (8TH March) before1 , before2
Linda's main symptoms were rigidity and stiffness in the left side of her body. She had mild tremors mainly in her left hand and had difficulty grasping small objects or holding things with her fingers. She would drag her left leg while walking and while at rest the muscles in her leg and tows would contract. During the night her muscles would contract constantly keeping her regularly from having more than few hours sleep. Her muscles were very weak and she would tire very quickly, her posture was stooped and she suffered from a general tenseness and stiffness in her face, neck and back. Without the affect of the medications she could not turn her neck and should turn her whole body in order to look back.
Every morning, before the medications started to influence, it was difficult getting dressed, getting out of bed or taking a shower.
Before the treatment Linda took her medications every 2-3 hours (Contam 250mg x 8 times a day). One hour after taking the medications Linda???s symptoms were hardly noticed, but the medications' influence wear out quickly and Linda's every activity was dependant on her next dose of medications.
During the last few years Linda's short term memory was affected up to a level that she quit her job in human resources. Her hand writing was affected too ? even after taking the medications, it was still very scratchy and hard to read.
Linda also suffered from general anxiety and depression.
AFTER THE TREATMENT:
See Videos: (13TH April) after1, after2, after3
Linda's first notable change after the surgery was a full night sleep - the first one in 5 years. Within 5 weeks after the Cell Therapy implantation most of Linda's symptoms were gradually gone. Her fingers got their flexibility back and the tremors were gone ? she could now grasp things, open a door and articulate more precise movements with her fingers.
The cramps in her leg were gone and she stopped dragging her left leg.
"I don't need to think anymore about every movement, as I did before" she says.
Her muscle tension was significantly reduced, she felt more relaxed and stronger than before.
Her posture became more open and she could now turn her neck more easily.
Before leaving the hospital Linda still had some weakness in her muscles but she felt that she is getting stronger every day.
Linda also noticed that her sense of smell and taste that were greatly weakened during the last years were coming back.
A major change in her quality of life was that now her symptoms were unnoticeable with almost half the dosage of the medications she used to take before. Linda is now taking medications 4 times a day (Sinemet 200mg X4 times a day) instead of 8 times of double dosage that she used to take before the treatment.
"I was a watch keeper, I used to watch at the clock all the time, I stopped swimming riding bicycle and other activities because I never knew when the medications affect will wear out" she says.
Linda hopes that her medications could be gradually reduced even more, and she will keep a close contact with her doctors in China in order to follow up with her condition.
On June 12, 2007, two month after Linda returned home from Beijing, Linda writes in an email to the hospital:
"I feel good, my symptoms only show up if I take my medicines late or if I am really stressed. Everyone who knows me says I look and sound so much better now than before I left for China. I feel stronger all the time."
Last Update (Monday, 04 Jun 2007)