Muscular Dystrophy- Success Story

From wheelchair to standing with splints and walker

This case is of an 11 year old boy with a severe case of muscular weakness. When he was all of five years, his parents started noticing muscular weakness which kept on increasing. At first, he had difficulty getting up from the floor, and then slowly he had trouble using the stairs. When he reached ten years of age, he could not even walk. Because of this weakness, he was unable to participate in any play time sessions with his school mates. His parents got increasingly concerned with his growing deterioration.

They seek out for our help at NeuroGen. When we assessed his case, we found that the muscles of his larger joints were weaker but the muscles of the peripheral joints were stronger in comparison. We carefully studied the strength capacity of all the muscles. His muscles were tender and weaker compared to boys of his age. Owing to this weakness and lack of exercise, his calf muscles had grown tight. This tightness and weakness led him to have knock knees and foot deformity.

The bright side was that he was able to take care of his own personal hygiene, move around with his wheelchair without parental support.
He struggled with performing his daily activities especially complicated activities that went over his head. Our clinical examination was supported by the various tests. The blood marker of the disease Creatine Phospho kinase was elevated. Blood reports showed its value to be 4015 units where as normally it should be between 60 – 400 units / liter.

Based on his reports, we designed a well planned treatment procedure. We carefully injected the stem cells in Quadriceps, Tibialis Anterior, Peronei, Abdominals, Glutei, Deltoid in accordance with his muscle strength. After that, he had to undergo a well designed rehabilitation program. The physiotherapists worked to strengthen his muscles, keep up the length of the tight muscles so that there will be no more deformities. They made him stand with help of splints. Occupational therapists taught him how to perform the activities of daily living in a better way.

Improvements seen in the patient post first stem cell therapy

He began to feel some improvements within a week.
  • He felt like his stamina had improved and he found that the strength of his leg muscles was restored.
  • After two years, he could walk about 80 steps using splint and walker.
  • The tightness of his muscles had lessened and his calf muscles were tender.
  • The blood marker CPK levels reduced to 1847 units/ liter.
  • He could walk 500 steps after one year with the help of splint and walker; perform exercise more easily and for longer hours.
  • His handwriting improved and writing did not tire him any longer.

Seeing all the improvements, he underwent a second treatment. This time stem cells were injected in the weakest muscles as well as the spinal fluid. Seven months after the therapy, he complained of lost stamina. So we decided upon a third time therapy. After the last therapy, he has improved a lot. He can walk with the help of splints and walker. He became independent to do his daily activities. All in all, he went a happier patient at the end of it all.

What the patient’s parents have to say?

“Our son suffered long and hard for the longest time, but all thanks to stem cell therapy, today he has become physically fit than ever before. After the last therapy, he has improved a lot. He can walk with the help of splints and walker. He has become independent to do his daily activities. Our son is a better and a happier patient at the end of it all. As parents it was hard to witness all that he went through at such a tender age. Presently we are happy with the results we have noticed in him.”