Asia’s parents realised that something was wrong in the early stages of her life as she had trouble with standing up and would fall over easily, she had difficulty holding things in her hands and Asia was not talking. At the age of two Asia was diagnosed with mild spastic tetraparesis which was caused by a lack of oxygen at her birth. As there is currently no cure for the disease, Asia’s doctor recommended she receive regular physiotherapy and also also suggested they investigate using the stem cells they had stored at her birth.
Asia’s parents arranged for her to have a stem cell transplant at Duke University of North Carolina as they have a tremendous amount of experience in stem cell transplants for Cerebral Palsy patients. Duke Medical Centre advised that based on their experience, Asia’s weight and the number of stem cells available, that they should conduct two infusions a few months apart from each other.
60% of the cells were used for the first infusion and it took only two weeks before they began to see improvements with little Asia, the strength in her arms and legs improved and she started to speak better, run and even climb! Several months later when Asia went back to her doctor who had diagnosed her and been with her treatment he said he had “he said he had never seen such improvements in a child with this type of disease; the stiffness had almost completely gone out of her muscles”.
The family returned to Duke University for the second infusion, where they used the remaining 40% of her stem cells; which went just as smoothly and quickly as the first.
Asia is now four years old and they have seen remarkable improvements in her. “She has just finished her second year of preschool and, even though she is the smallest in her class, she has managed to keep up with the other children. Asia is also attending a modern dance course and she participated in the end of the year show”.