Stem Cell Success Story: Girl Writes Name For First Time After Cord Blood Infusion
5 year old Grace Rosewood’s developed hypotonic cerebral palsy from complications during oral surgery. The brain damage made it impossible for her to walk, but a cord blood infusion is making it possible for her to dance, spin and even write her name.
“Grace’s condition caused her to be weak all over her body, but it’s not from the muscles, it’s from the brain,” said Grace’s mother OIivia Rosewood “She’s had difficulty picking things up. She couldn’t hold a pencil, and it was not just the coordination, it it was the strength.”
Grace’s mother then heard about cutting edge procedure being pioneered at Duke University using infusions of umbilical cord blood and signed Grace up. Grace then received three infusions of her own cord blood this year, which was banked right after she was born.
Dr. Joanne Kurtzberg, a researcher at Duke University who was conducting a clinical trial quoted “Some of the cells Grace received have properties that allow them to give off signals to cells already in the body to repair damage in various organs, including the brain. Some of the cells are actual stem cells that can turn into cells of the nervous system and replace missing cells,”
The results from the stem cell treatment are still being collected, so results aren’t conclusive. However Olivia Rosewood has seen big improvements in her daughter.
“We’ve seen her for the first time be able to write her name. First to be able to hold a pencil,” she said.”She’s already gotten so much strength. She’s dancing. She’s walking forward, backwards, sideways, in circle. That’s the most beautiful thing, to see her light up.”
Unfortunately for Grace and her family, Grace was dropped from her insurance when she was 2 because of her preexisting condition. Olivia is using crowdfunding to help pay for the procedure.