REASON FOR TREATMENT: Tony Escobar was diagnosed with ALS in May 2007. Within few months from the date of his diagnosis his condition deteriorated drastically. With few options left and a grim prognosis from his doctors in California, he decided to come to China for Cell Therapy treatment.
DIAGNOSIS: ALS (Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis)
BEGINNING OF TREATMENT: February 19th, 2008.
TREATMENT: 4 Cell Therapy injections via lumbar puncture + nutritious Cell Therapy cocktail treatment (intravenous).
CONDITION BEFORE THE TREATMENT:
See Videos: before1, before2
Despite being diagnosed with ALS for less than a year, Tony's symptoms were significantly debilitating. As with most ALS patients, his symptoms started with general weakness and loss of muscle mass in his arms and legs and the loss of fine motor skills. Actions like picking up small objects, screwing off bottle tops, tying shoe laces were very hard for him.
His muscles were very weak and although he could still walk, his walking was slow and aided by a cane. He had lost a great deal of muscle mass and weight due to the disease and was physically thinner and weaker than he had ever been. In photos from before his diagnosis, he was barely recognizable. He had lost strength in his neck and had trouble holding it up for long periods of time. Tony also tire very easily and spent much of his time resting.
Tony had trouble getting in and out of a chair or a bed. Simple, daily tasks that require any level of muscle strength or flexibility like showering or dressing up had become laborious and difficult for him.
AFTER THE TREATMENT:
See Videos: after1, after2
Within few weeks from the beginning of the treatment, and after receiving the second injection of Cell Therapys, Tony experienced a halt in the daily deterioration he felt before the treatment. After a short plateau, Tony's strength started to return in his left side. He was able to move his arm further back than before and he was able to keep his head up for longer time.
During his remaining weeks in China, Tony improved steadily. Mobility and flexibility gradually returned and he was able to do more daily activities by himself and without assistance. Sitting down and getting up from chairs became easier, so did dressing up, showering and putting his shoes on.
Tony's general strength and mobility has improved, he wasn't getting tired as quickly as before, and he was able to walk for longer distances. By the end of his stay at the hospital he spent more time out of bed, walking around the hospital.
As they prepared to go back to California, Tony and his wife, Maritza, were optimistic and hopeful about the future, feeling that Tony has bought himself some time and gathered strength to keep fighting the disease.