Professor Kim Min-young and her colleagues at Bundang CHA General Hospital Rehabilitative Medicine Department cure cerebral palsy using the patient's cord blood stem cells
- First successful attempt at cerebral palsy treatment in Korea
- The patients re-gain the ability to crawl, walk, and stand over the 7-month period after treatment
- CHA sets an important foundation for the treatment of damaged brains
Two cerebral palsy patients are treated at CHA General Hospital
In September 2009, a CHA team of scientists led by Prof. Kim Min-young infused two patients with their own cord blood stem cell for the successful treatment of cerebral palsy. After tracking the patients' progress over seven months they re-developed the ability to stand on their own and walk.
The patients are infused with ESF (erythropoiesis-stimulating factor) during the transplantation of cord blood stem cells to maximize the effect Prof. Kim's team has infused the patients with erythropoiesis-stimulating factor ("ESF") during the transplantation of cord blood stem cells, while combining the rehabilitation program to maximize the effect of treatment. There is currently no cure for blood cancer such as leukemia and childhood cancer with no standard therapy that works for all patients; but regenerative stem cell
CHA scientists find a cure for periventricular leukomalacia, the cause of cerebral palsy
CHA Medical Group to lead the field in cerebral palsy treatment
Furthermore, after a brain MRI the drastic increase in the number of nerve fiber was observed, which was very meaningful because the increased number of nerve fiber indicated the fundamental cure for periventricular leukomalacia was now found. "The method to treat cerebral palsy has not yet been found or reported, not in Korea and not anywhere in the world that's why I feel strong about us becoming the leader in this field," says Prof. Kim Min-young at Bundang CHA General Hospital Rehabilitation Center, adding "Understanding the brain's progress by the effect of stem cell treatment can help to develop the remedy to recover the brain's function." The finding will be published on
A brain MRI picture of the patient who has been transplanted the
cord blood stem cell
: The nerve cell fiber growth is apparent.
The progress of the patient treated with cord blood stem cells
8-year-old male: unable to sit still on his own; unable to crawl.
32-month-old male: unable to maintain sitting position; unable to pull out his arm buried under his body when lying on his belly 2 weeks after treatment: He can pull out his arm which is buried under the body while lying on his belly; he can lift his head up on his own and maintain that position.
1 month after treatment: He can stand while wearing the ankle braces.
5 months after treatment: He can lift himself up from the floor and crawl up on a couch.
The brain diffusion tenser image of the patient infused with cord
blood stem cells, before and after 7 months from treatment
: The nerve cell fiber growth is apparently visible after the treatment.