Sarala is a 4 year old girl with an analysis of Ataxic Cerebral Palsy. She was born at 39 weeks because of a low fetal heart rate. We do not know what instigated the low fetal heart rate and we might never know. She appeared okay at birth but it became obvious over the next few months that there was something erroneous. She has microcephaly (small head boundary), trigonecephaly (her forward lobe is smaller in proportion to the rest of her brain occasioning in the metopoc sutures fusing prematurely), hypotonia (low muscle tone), apraxia, dysarthia and global developmental adjournments. She has been getting PT and OT services from about 7 months and speech from 16 months of age. She comprehends a great deal but her major trouble is motor planning and implementation and having her body do what she desires it to do. Only then, after many failed efforts, we planned to make her undergo stem cell treatment in India.
We found out about a hospital named Stem Cell Care India and were enthusiastic to learn that we would be able to securely remove stem cells from her own umbilical cord and re-inject into her spinal fluid. We felt comforted knowing that it was her own blood and that her body would not reject it, but we were of course concerned about whether her little body could handle the process and didn’t know what to anticipate. We booked the process when she was 23 months. The technique was very simple. Sarala went in for the first part, handled the anesthesia just okay and the process itself of extracting the bone marrow took no more than 30 minutes. After some hours, we went back to the hospital and had the second portion of the treatment in which they put her under and vaccinated the stem cells into her spinal fluid which also took not more than 15 minutes or so. She was completely fine and back to her normal happy self by that evening. We are very thankful to the team of experts at Stem Cell Care India.