Stem cell Research and Therapy
Stem Cell's Patient TestimonialsSome of the following videos feature patients who have received stem cell therapy from Beike Biotech. Unistem uses the same modality for stem cell therapy for all patients as followed by Beike.
Maya had epilepsy since she was born. Her mental development has been delayed which has affected her speaking, eating, walking and memory. At age three after several severe seizures, she was diagnosed with abnormal brain development which according to the MRI is a multifunctional, right temporal and frontal DYGENISIS. The year before coming for treatment she would have many seizures over one day time.
Two months after they returned home, they started to see improvements in her speaking. She could not speak in sentences or use grammar before she came and she could not use words properly. She became happier and she started to play with other children.
Severe coordination problems had inhibited the patient's ability to walk, among many other commonplace activities. He could only stand up for a short time without support, an activity that required concentration. He had difficulty walking heel-to-toe on flat surfaces, and could not walk up or down stairs without using a handrail.
After treatment the patient’s balance and coordination improved significantly. As documented in the video series 'After', he can now stand up straight without support for significantly longer periods. Pronounced improvements occured in his coordination; touching his nose appears far less difficult, and in one physiotherapy session he is filmed playing catch while balancing on a mobile platform.
Three years ago, while Ben was out in the country side riding motorbikes with his friends his bike suddenly hit a rock hidden in the grass, and Ben was thrown off. After waking up, he found his friends circled around him looking concerned and he quickly realized that he was unable to move his legs. He started to slip in and out of consciousness and was eventually taken by helicopter to a hospital. At the hospital they told him that he had suffered a spinal injury and also had a mild brain injury. He was paralyzed from the belly button down and the doctors told him he would never walk again.
Before heading back to Australia and after his treatment, Ben had already made impressive progress. He was able to independently raise his knees more than two inches off the bed while in a lying position and was able to spread his legs apart one at a time. Prior to traveling to China, he had been unable to perform these motions.
Due to an accident in her building, Ms Pai has suffered an incomplete spinal cord injury. Before treatment she could not move her legs at all below her injury site. She had feeling but not very much below her injury site. She could also feel hot and cold but very little. She could not control her bladder or bowel movements.
The patientwas diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in 1985. She reported an increase in the severity of her symptoms in the five years prior to coming for treatment. The symptoms include numbness and absence of sensation in the feet and legs making balance difficult, compounded by a rigidity resulting in the complete inability to walk and stand unattended.
Mr. Kleve had deteriorating muscles due to FSHD condition. Walking and standing became very difficult and he required a cane; could walk but only 3-4 blocks. Stem Cell treatment of any kind is not available in the US and the Beike program, after three months’ research, was the best program he had found.
He has more energy and can now exercise every day for 1-2 hours without fatigue. In general, he is a bit stronger. Others have told him that his walking and gait are faster and smoother.
In the U.S. Andrew was receiving extensive therapy through his school system and was making good progress, although he was still delayed in reaching motor and speech milestones for his age group. His delayed gastric-emptying was also causing major problems in getting the nutrition he needed. It affected his quality of life in general. While researching potential treatments, Andrew's parents discovered adult stem cell therapy as a promising option. After consideration, they decided that stem cells were an appropriate next step to help complement Andrew's ongoing therapy.
During their first month-long stay in China, Andrew received six umbilical cord blood stem cell transplants. While still in the hospital, Andrew's parents noticed that there were already changes in his eating habits and gastric emptying.
As Mike Ricci explains, "[When] we first got here he was unable to drink water without choking, he was unable to eat food that was not of a mushy consistency. And by the time we left he was eating nachos and cheese and drinking water."
At birth Austin appeared to be a normal healthy child. After five weeks he suffered a serious bleed and swelling of his brain requiring extensive surgery. The cause of the brain bleed was determined to be a Vitamin K deficiency. Following birth he had not received a standard Vitamin K injection.
Austin received two one-day stem cell treatments in Mexico prior to coming to China for treatment using Beike's stem cells.
Catching up with the family in 2010, over two years after Austin received adult stem cell treatment in China Jenny told us she wanted to return to China for Austin to receive more treatment.
Two years ago, Earl was in a motorcycle accident during which he suffered a traumatic brain injury. After being in a coma for three months and in a vegetative state for a month, Earl thankfully came back to his family. But because of his injury, he was functioning at a highly impaired state. His wife Tessi Anduha describes what it was like when he first got back from the hospital: "It was a really slow process. He'd open his eyes and wouldn't respond to anything, just look around. Then he started saying little sounds about a month after coming out of his coma, smiling, but not recognizing anybody. It took him a while to regain his memory as far as identifying people."
However, Tessi had not given up the search for new treatment options that would improve Earl's quality of life. She found out about stem cell treatments being offered in China through the internet, and after reading about other patients' experiences here, she decided to make the trip with Earl for treatment.
Spina Bifida is a developmental birth defect that is caused by the improper development of the spinal cord prior to birth. It can result in various symptoms due to the injury of the spinal cord. Sarah’s mom, Patricia, said “We found out that Sarah had Spina Bifida when I was 7 months pregnant. Until then the pregnancy had been perfect and we just decided to get a 3D ultrasound to be able to see what she looked like. After that the doctor told us that she was going to be born with Spina Bifida. It was devastating for us, but after knowing she was going to be born like that we had time to prepare.”
After seeing a TV show about another child going to China to receive stem cell treatment for Spina Bifida, Sarah’s parents decided that this was next best step for Sarah’s quality of life. With the help of their friends and family they were able to make the trip.
After receiving treatment and physical therapy in China for about a month, Sarah’s parents began to see some changes in her condition,
“She has improved her posture, she can stand straighter, also her legs are more straight and stronger and she can stand up better. She walks better now and does things that she didn’t do before like climbing things by herself, she didn’t do that before because she was too scared. Those are the improvements we have seen.”
David was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis when he was in his twenties.
In his thirties, his MS when into remission and David thought that he had beat the disease. Unfortunately, in his forties his legs started getting weaker and his balance worsened. Multiple Sclerosis was back.
"After the IVs the very next day I felt like I was younger again, I felt like I was able to walk again, and I believe it would be nice if Stem Cells China could send me stem cells so I could get them done here!"
At the age of 75 Audrey Jones has had a full life that has included many successful undertakings including the partial ownership of one of Manchester’s leading newspapers, authoring a book detailing the experiences of children during World War Two and working as a governmental representative in her home city of Manchester for nearly 30 years. Her hard work and dedication accumulated in her appointment by The Queen of England to the post Lord Mayor of Manchester in 2003. It was during her term as Lord Mayor that Audrey began to realize that something was “not quite right” with her balance and ability to walk. The formerly energetic woman had always lead an extremely active life both at home and in her work as well as in the community was becoming easily tired and having increasing difficulty walking. Though she resolutely continued on with her duties as Lord Mayor, she required much assistance from her two now constant attendants in order to do everyday things, maintain her work load and to simply walk up stairs. It was during her term as Lord Mayor that she was officially diagnosed by a renowned specialist in England with Cerebellar Atrophy who conveyed to her that her symptoms would only continue to worsen through time with the progression of this disorder to being confined to a wheel chair and ultimately end in her death. The specialist also informed Audrey that there were no treatments options available to her. He said to her that her “only hope would be stem cell research but that it would not be available during her life time”. This of course left her in a void of depression and sadness. Not willing to give up so easily her daughter began to research her mother’s condition looking for any viable treatments that might be available outside of England.
The patient was diagnosed with progressive multiple sclerosis several years ago and has reported a steady decline in his condition since then. In seeking alternative treatment, he hopes for improvements in his walking, balance and other vital functions.
Nicholas was diagnosed in Australia with Cerebral Palsy with Myoclonic Epilepsy. He was also diagnosed with Hydrocephalus due to an imbalance of cerebral spinal fluid in his brain. In spite of his condition he leads an active life spending time with his family and going to school. But his condition stunted cognitive and motor development. His family selected Beike Biotech to provide stem cell transplants for Nicholas.
Nora was a premature baby who was born after a 25 week pregnancy which caused a serious stroke resulting in damage to the corpus callosum and cortex. Two weeks later she had an operation and they implanted a ventriculoperitoneal shunt. Her parents had heard about other Hungarian families getting improvement for their children with similar problems at from the Beike treatment, so they decided to try it.
Jennifer's accident occurred in 1982, while she was attending her high school cheer leading practice. She explains, "I was flipping off somebody's back but did not make it all the way around and hit my chin on the mat," She suffered a C-6 spinal cord injury. After she went home she was not independent and had to rely on her mom to help her with her day-to-day life. Through traditional physical therapy she gradually learned how to live an independent life.
David came to China for stem cell transplants in 2006. Having survived a spinal cord injury and drowning in 2002 along with numerous complications in the following years, David came to China ready for anything. His first patient experience can be found below (THE FIRST TIME IN CHINA).
An MRI scan taken after the patient suffered a concussion in 2000 revealed that she had MS. The concussion was not responsible for the onset of MS - its discovery was a coincidence. The symptoms were not severe. The patient decided to have treatment as soon as possible to prevent her condition from worsening in the future. She hoped to regain some of her strength and stamina, to improve her eyesight, and also regain some feeling sensation in the right hand side of her body.
Kaelyn was a healthy Child until she suffered an anoxic ischemic brain injury during an MRI. During the MRI, she accidentally extubated herself which caused her to choke. Her brain was deprived of oxygen. After the accident, her doctors didn't give her much chance. Her parents were aggressive in seeking out new therapies and Kaelyn, though still physically disabled, has thrived. Her mom Sandra describes her condition before coming to China, "She cannot walk, talk crawl, any of that stuff, but she completely understands and is aware of everything it's just primarily physical now. Ever since she has had the injury both at the hospital and after that me and her dad have been very aggressive with her different therapies, as well as many alternative type therapies."
Ella was born at full term, but she endured a difficult birth during which she required emergency resuscitation. Ella's brain was deprived of oxygen for a short period of time resulting in hypoxic brain injury which later lead to cerebral palsy. During the first few months of her life, she suffered from frequent seizures and had highly fluctuating tone throughout her body. Three months later her seizures largely ceased with only rare relapses. Although she was developmentally delayed, she made steady progress and began interacting with others. Her parents brought Ella to the best physical therapy centers around the world in an effort to treat her condition. Despite being an inquisitive and happy child, and making some progress with therapy, her parents wanted to give Ella the best chance to overcome her physical limitations. After talking with other parents who had brought their children to China for stem cell treatments, they decided stem cell treatment in China would be the best option for Ella as well.
After being born through an emergency C section, Konnor had low oxygen levels and had to be moved to an intensive care unit. After taking him home for several months, his parents noticed that he was not reaching the standard benchmarks for children his own age, such as crawling, and took him to several doctors, one of which finally diagnosed him with Cerebral Palsy. Since then he continued to be developmentally delayed compared to other children his age.
Alex was diagnosed with ataxia last fall and since then has been progressively worsening. His ataxia has drastically affected his quality of life in that short time. Formerly a marathon runner, after his diagnosis he could not walk for more than a short time before needing a rest. His difficulties with balance made it difficult to get around and do simple tasks. His speech was also made worse by the ataxia, and made communicating with other people became a chore.
Robert's condition was progressivly worsening and caused a decrease in his standard of living. The primary concern was his physical abilities: He was unable to walk and had great trouble standing. His speech was also affected making it difficult for him to communicate. After his brother received treatments earlier this year and had good results, Robert also decided to come.
Paul's condition has resulted in both physical and mental impairment. The primary concern is his physical abilities: When standing, he is very unsteady, and requires something to assist him balance. Due to his poor balance, walking had become increasingly difficult.
Martin Was diagnosed with Ataxia in his early twenties after he was having trouble with writing and walking backwards. He had formerly been an accomplished athlete but after his diagnosis all that changed. He explains,
"I mean I could walk, on level ground. On grounds where you don't have to pick your feet up all the time. But there was no jogging, no hopping or anything like that. I used to do all that stuff when I was in high school"
Since being diagnosed, Martin continued to seek treatment. He tried a few medications, but none of them were effective in slowing the progress of ataxia. During the last few years, he was not being given any new treatment options.
When he heard that his cousin's daughter had come to china to receive stem cell treatment, he contacted patient representatives in China and decided to come as soon as possible.
The patient sustained a severe brain injury in January 2005 when he fell down seven steps on a staircase with his nanny. His brain mass was reduced by 40% and a severe edema fluid sac developed that covered around 35% of his brain. He was in a coma for seven days and upon awakening he had forgotten how to do many of the things he could do before. The patient had been on medication and received regular physiotherapy since his injury in 2005, and had seen some significant improvement. He also saw a group of nine doctors on a regular basis (about every 2-3 months), including a neurologist, neurosurgeon, pediatric ophthalmologist and pediatrician. His parents decided to bring him to China for stem cell treatment in October 2006. Lukas saw several substantial improvements after his first round of treatment (as detailed below), encouraging his parents to bring him for a second series of injections in April 2007.
The patient's parents are hoping that early intervention will minimize the severity of the sypmtoms he may suffer in later life, specifically the parents are worried about cerebral palsy-like symptoms such as loss of voluntary muscle control and impaired learning. His parents have already witnessed some involuntary arm movement and clenching of the fist and they feel that any small improvements they can offer will benefit Liam in the long term.
The patient was involved in a car accident seven years ago which left him in a coma. After waking, the brain damage he had suffered severely affected his ability to move. He has recovered many of his physical abilities, but his right arm remains immobile and he has a slight limp. He is unable to speak coherently and drools. Travis and his family hope the treatment can enable him to improve in these areas.
Carlos was 12 when he suffered a traumatic brain injury. He was injured significantly on the front and back of his head. The cerebral region of his brain was severely injured. After two resuscitations and two weeks in a coma he woke up. His father, Hans, tells us the Spanish doctors' response was simply, "there's nothing much we can do for him to try to recover him."
After Ciska was diagnosed with glaucoma, her doctors told her that her vision would never improve. Her interocular pressure was between 42 and 43 mmHg in each eye at the time of diagnosis. She was promptly given eye drops to try and slow the pressure from continuing to rise.
Angelica was virtually inactive. Her mother Roxanne told us, “her arms were clinched, her legs were just there and she could do that for hours. For days that's all she did."
Angelica "developed a personality" while receiving therapy in China, and began expressing likes and dislikes.
Angelica's family is already planning a return trip to China. Her mother Roxanne said “the amount of change she's gone through has given me a new life."
Two years ago, Brandon suffered a spinal cord injury in a motorcycle accident. This left him paralyzed throughout most of his body. After the injury he was “a C4-5-6 incomplete quadriplegic. That involves basically paralysis of the legs and paralysis to my fingers.
After the treatment, he said, “But for anybody out there who is thinking about, ‘oh I can’t do it, I’ll never be able to do this again, I’ll never be able to do that again,’ that’s BS. You just have to get up and do it. Once you do that, get that frame of mind, anything can happen. Miracles can happen.
Tamara is wheelchair-bound. Tamara told us, "I rely on caregivers to get me up and feed me. And do everything for me during the day." Tamara noticed changes in her condition during treatment. She noted that “after the first two injections, and a couple days of therapy... my right arm was getting a lot stronger."
Summer was born premature and suffered head trauma in the birth canal causing a grade 4 bleed in her brain.
After the treatment, Summer’s neck strength improved significantly allowing her to keep her head up far longer than before. Her energy levels went up as well.
Dr Hakim practiced medicine in the St Paul-Minneapolis region of the USA for nearly 50 years. He spent his working hours on his feet and as a busy urologist there were a lot of hours. At 83 years today he suffers from the pains of osteoarthritis in his knees. After the treatment, Dr Hakim writes "50% of the pain is gone, and it is easier to manage and less crippling. My joints are doing better, but I still need to take the medication because the stem cells are a medication like any other and should be repeated to keep the disease in control and maybe improve the results."
Brian and his family are very familiar with Ataxia having watched it claim over 30 lives in the past 150 years. Brian’s immediate family has been particularly hard hit with all four siblings and their mother carrying the hereditary condition.
After the treatment, he leads a better and more active life.
After learning about stem cell treatment in China, Michelle, a victim of a horrific accident, quickly came for treatment in December 2009. She returned for another round of treatments in November 2010.
Treatment options for ataxia are extremely limited. It is considered an "orphaned" set of conditions by the pharmaceutical industry holding too few patients to justify the costs of research. Nothing seemed right for Al. After discovering adult stem cell therapy and how it benefits a person, he came to China. At the end of his therapy cycle in December 2008 Al had begun to jump and jog again. He spoke of improvements in his motor skills, fatigue and stamina.
Lachlan John seemed like a normal child up until the age of 12 to 15 months, when he seemed to start regressing back to a newborn child. He forgot how to wave goodbye, say mama or baba, or blow kisses. After the treatment, Lachlan seems to understand more and follow directions well. He is having fewer temper tantrums and he seems to have a better awareness of his own body.
Spina Bifida is a developmental birth defect that is caused by the improper development of the spinal cord prior to birth.
Leon had this neurodevelopmental disorder since birth. He was born preterm (at 27-28 weeks) and did not cry at birth. He was kept on ventilator support and was discharged from the NICU after a month. Subsequently, Leon was diagnosed with cerebral palsy based on the MRI and clinical features of spasticity and limb weakness.
Aaditya had gradual weakness in all four limbs since the age of 5. At the time of admission in February 2012, he was completely bedridden with feeds through gastrostomy, including using BiPAP at night because of breathing difficulties.
Abigail had this neurodevelopmental disorder since infancy. She also had paralysis in all four limbs which was gradual in onset and kept increasing. She had a history of seizures as she was also afflicted with mental retardation.
Anita first started to have problems in January 2011 when she had pain in her right wrist followed by weakness and slurring of speech, which turned out to be ALS when her diagnosis was confirmed in May 2012.
Antonino had this neurodevelopmental disorder since birth. According to his history, he did not cry at birth and was kept on ventilator support. Gradually, mental retardation and seizure disorder were noticed, which included paralysis of the whole body.
On the morning of 10th July 2009 when Daud woke up he noticed a small white spot at the center of his vision and by the evening, he could not see anything and was totally blind. With all kinds of treatment there was little improvement and the patient was diagnosed with optic nerve atrophy untreatable by any conventional method.
Harold sustained spinal cord injury in the cervical region while exercising in a gymnasium. He was operated upon and the injury stabilised. Later in 2009, he underwent stem cell treatment in China to improve his quality of life and noticed improvement in the muscle power of his lower limbs. There were no side effects of the stem cell therapy.
Jeff had difficulty in coordination and vision in the year 2007. He was prescribed steroids for a short duration and felt better. His condition started to decline again from February/ March 2012.
Ummaira was born prematurely at 26 weeks and weighed only 750 grams. She was in the incubator for 2 months.Later she was diagnosed with blindness in one eye and had 5% sight in the other eye. She had retinal detachment as well as macular degeneration, both of which were corrected through surgery. She also had corrective surgery for 2% atrial septal defect.
Yash had gradual weakness in all four limbs since the age of 2. At the time of admission in April 2012, he had difficulty while getting up from the squatting position or getting up from a chair and while climbing stairs or lifting any weight.
Macie grew up legally blind never realizing the fully extent of her visual impairment. Macie told us “my whole life I'd never been told that I was blind. Just that I couldn't see like everybody else." When Macie wanted to get her driver's license her mother finally had to tell her she would not be able to drive.
When talking about the changes after her first treatment, Macie told us “it’s a whole new world. That's the only way I can explain it. It's a whole new world." During Macie's second treatment in 2010, she primarily noticed changes in her left eye. Macie said her “peripheral vision is much bigger in my left eye. It's really weird for me right now, because yesterday I put on sunglasses and I could see through that lens and I've never been able to do that before."
Zac’s mother Lorena told us that when Zac was born, “He was normal. He was not born with any disabilities.” When Zac was a year and a half old, a tragic accident left him crushed under a gate. Lorena said, “The gate suffocated him and caused him to have brain damage due to lack of oxygen.” Zac suffered severe brain damage and was diagnosed with Spastic Quadriplegic Cerebral Palsy. Zac is also cognitively blind.
Condition Prior to Treatment