Sometimes, it takes more than traditional speech therapy practices to bring wellness to a person’s life. Under certain conditions, the introduction of stem cell therapy might bring about improved results in a person's speech or mobility.
Take for example Cristie Roberts --diagnosed with a rare, neurological disorder called cerebellar ataxia, the 19-year-old had trouble speaking and walking on her own.
At the age of 6, she was confined to a wheelchair, and her speech was indecipherable to anyone listening.
However, her parents looked with hope at new stem cell research for their daughter. Though turned down by hospitals and doctors in the United States, the Roberts family sought stem cell treatment outside the States due to positive results from tests in Asia.
After starting her stem cell treatments at the NeuroGen Brain and Spine Institute in Navi Mumbai, India, Roberts competed and won bronze in the Mississippi Special Olympics.
The stem cell treatments helped improve her blood supply and - paired with physical therapy in a swimming pool - she was able to take more control over her movements. The therapy in water has proven to be helpful to patients like her, as it offers more balance and less stress on the joints than on land. In addition, her speech has improved greatly, and she can now communicate slowly with others due to her improved motor skills.
The results of stem cell therapy has given Christie Roberts so much more richness to her life. Now, with her talent for swimming, she will compete to qualify for states, then nationals in the upcoming year--all due to improved mobility with stem cell therapy.
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