For the past three years, I have been sent this research article more times than any other article. I must’ve been sent it almost 1,000 times. And while I really appreciate that people care and get excited about a possible cure, the majority of people merely read the title and take it as fact.
This article states that the “first paralyzed human treated with stem cells has now regained his upper body movement”… first of all, this title is clickbait. This is not the first paralyzed person to be treated with stem cells… and he was treated very early after his injury, which means that we have no idea what movement he would’ve regained without treatment.
While I’m not discrediting the research behind this article, the fact is it’s an article cleverly designed to build hype and attract investors to get it through the long clinical trial process. It’s not a treatment that is currently available. Nor is it for anyone outside of the acute stage of injury… so for me, at almost 5 years post injury, it’s not an option even if it was available. But that doesn’t mean that it’s not going to do good things in the future… however, this treatment won’t be available for years.
My hope is that this therapy will be one of many puzzle pieces that contributes to the ultimate cure.
It is our goal at The Movement Collaborative, to connect with research projects like this and encourage them to collaborate with other researchers. Because it’s only through working together that we will get to that finish line.
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