Today the Charlotte Lozier Institute releases its ninth Stem Cell Research Facts video, which revisits the life of adult stem cell recipient Laura Dominguez-Tauer. Her story is a testament to hope, inspiration, and what can happen when the best modern medicine meets unwavering human resilience.
When Laura was only 16, a devastating car crash left her paralyzed from the neck down. With a severely damaged spinal cord, she was told she would never walk again. Her father’s online research led to the discovery of an adult stem transplant for spinal cord injuries being done in Portugal.
It’s now been 15 years since her adult stem cell transplant, and what she has been able to accomplish since then is incredible. Laura has regained feeling in her entire body. She also has greatly improved upper body mobility and is able to stand on her own and walk with assistance. Laura has not forgotten the countless others who are still suffering like she was. She has testified before Congress in support of adult stem cell treatments and has started a gym called Beyond the Chair which helps people recover from spinal cord injury, dramatic brain injury, and stroke.
And the good news continues. In 2010, Laura was married and a few years later received the surprise of her life.
Many others like Laura are currently being treated using ethically-derived, non-controversial adult stem cell transplants, which do not rely on the destruction of young human life. Adult stem cells are the gold standard of stem cells when it comes to patients. Well over one million patients worldwide have been treated using adult stem cell transplants. In 2015 alone, more than 21,000 bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplants were performed in the United States, according to the federal Health Resources and Services Administration’s Blood Cell Transplant Report.
Stem Cell Research Facts is a project of the Charlotte Lozier Institute since January 2015. CLI plans to continue producing inspiring videos like Laura’s to raise awareness about the life-saving, science-based, and ethical treatment option of adult stem cell transplants. Don’t miss the opportunity to view the entire series – and tell your friends, some of whom may someday benefit from these astonishing therapies.
To view other patient videos, please see: http://www.stemcellresearchfacts.org/.
To learn more about the usage of adult stem cell transplants, please see: https://lozierinstitute.org/fact-sheet-adult-stem-cell-research-transplants.