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Chloe Levine

Girl with Cerebral Palsy Responds Well to Cord Blood Injection

October 02, 2008 05:16 PM
by Emily Coakley
An experimental trial at Duke University in which a child was injected with her own umbilical cord blood seems to have yielded positive results.

Parents Call Toddler’s Progress ‘Remarkable’

After receiving an infusion of her own cord blood, a two-year-old Colorado girl with cerebral palsy has made great strides, her parents told CBS4 Denver.

Chloe Levine received the infusion as part of a Duke University experiment in which doctors were injecting children with blood from their own umbilical cords, “to possibly heal and repair damaged brain tissue,” the station reported. Umbilical cord blood contains stem cells, which scientists feel hold great potential for medicine.

Her parents told CBS that they noticed changes within a few days of the procedure, which took place in May.

“She began saying words we had worked weeks and weeks to try and get her to say, one being her nickname, ‘Coco’ and that was music to our ears,” Jenny Levine said, according to CBS.
This summer, Ryan Levine, Chloe’s father, told Fox News that she’s made a 50 percent recovery.

The banking of blood from a baby’s umbilical cord is a growing trend, but some worry that companies use emotional and misleading information to persuade parents.

According to Fox News, “Cerebral palsy refers to any one of a number of neurological disorders that appear in infancy or early childhood and permanently affect body movement and muscle coordination but don’t worsen over time.”

Related Topic: Stem cell research

Researchers are discovering that adult stem cells are more useful than they previously thought, according to findingDulcinea. Adult stem cells have been reprogrammed to mimic other types of cells, and are being used to grow muscle and cartilage in laboratories. The use of stem cells taken from embryonic tissue has been severely limited, due to federal rules prohibiting funding for certain types of embryonic research.

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